Muslims in New Zealand Will be Safe After Mosque Attack- NZ Minister

© REUTERS / Jorge SilvaPeople visit a memorial site for victims of Friday's shooting, in front of the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch
People visit a memorial site for victims of Friday's shooting, in front of the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch - Sputnik International
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The violent shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, confirmed by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to be a terrorist attack, took place on Friday, when Australian gunman and self-described terrorist Brenton Tarrant murdered 50 people and injured dozens of others.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters minister vowed that New Zealand Muslims will be 'safe' after mosque attack.

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"Ensuring Muslim communities in New Zealand feel safe and secure is a particular focus," Winston Peters said at a an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul.

Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019 - Sputnik International
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"From here, this person will face the full force of the New Zealand law, he will spend the rest of his life in isolation in a New Zealand prison," Peters said.

Last Friday, a gunman killed 50 people after opening fire at two mosques in the town of Christchurch in eastern New Zealand.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the shooting a terrorist act, saying it was the country's "darkest day."

The suspected shooter is Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian national and a Dunedin resident. The gunman is known to have published a manifesto filled with anti-Muslim statements prior to committing the attack.

Earlier, a court in New Zealand ruled to place Tarrant in custody until April 5.

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