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Washington - U.S. Mosques Increase Security After New Zealand Attack

Published on: March 15, 2019 01:13 PM
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A man heads into daily prayers past Washington metropolitan police officers guarding the mosque, following the mosque attacks in New Zealand, at the Islamic Center of Washington in Washington, U.S., March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsA man heads into daily prayers past Washington metropolitan police officers guarding the mosque, following the mosque attacks in New Zealand, at the Islamic Center of Washington in Washington, U.S., March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Washington - Mosques around the United States increased security measures for Friday prayers after a gunman shot dead 49 people and wounded more than 40 at two New Zealand mosques.

Police in New York and other cities said they were stepping up patrols at mosques and other places of worship as a precaution, although there was no sign of any specific threat.

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“It’s just very horrible, unbelievable,” Naeem Baig, an official at Virginia’s Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, said of the text messages he started getting overnight about the attack. “It was around midnight, when the situation was unfolding, we decided to bring in extra security.”

For years, American Muslims have become used to police patrols, active shooter drills and private security officers guarding mosques for Friday prayers. Security is often ramped up after mass shootings, some of which have taken place at houses of worship, including churches, a synagogue and a gurudwara.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim rights group in the United States, said Muslims and other minority groups had faced a surge in bigotry since Donald Trump won the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In a statement, the council blamed this in part on “Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.”

Members of the congregation pray during a Friday prayer at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, U.S., March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Sait Serkan GurbuzMembers of the congregation pray during a Friday prayer at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, U.S., March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Sait Serkan Gurbuz

Trump extended condolences for “the horrible massacre” in what the White House called a “vicious act of hate”.

Police in New Zealand said three people were in custody, including one man in his late 20s who had been charged with murder. The accused gunman’s manifesto posted online praised Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Police have not identified any of the suspects. The gunman broadcast his attack live on social media.

CAIR urged worshippers in the United States and abroad to take “stepped-up security precautions.”

“There’s no such thing as a foolproof plan in a situation like this,” Khalid Siddiq, an official at Atlanta’s Al-Farooq mosque, said. “We just rely and trust on God.”

A police vehicle is parked outside the Islamic Center of Washington in Washington, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)A police vehicle is parked outside the Islamic Center of Washington in Washington, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


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 Mar 15, 2019 at 01:41 PM amerikaner Says:

Radical Democrat Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is to be blamed for her rhetoric along with her 2 fellow DemocRATS Ocasio and Omar

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 Mar 15, 2019 at 02:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Finally the Moooslims might feel what western people feel for years.

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 Mar 15, 2019 at 02:26 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

unfortunately it is jews who need to fear attacks not Muslims as this was an outliner. Islam is a religion of war and terror. when the Somali and Detroit Jordanian congresswoman condemn anti Semitism i too will send "my thoughs and prayers".

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 Mar 15, 2019 at 02:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Hey Mohamed! It's not so much fun to be on the receiving end huh ?

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 Mar 15, 2019 at 03:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

unfortunately it is jews who need to fear attacks not Muslims as this was an outliner. Islam is a religion of war and terror. when the Somali and Detroit Jordanian congresswoman condemn anti Semitism i too will send "my thoughs and prayers".

"Unfortunatly" both Jews and (Lohavdil) Muslims need to fear.. Maybe they should build next to each other, it will be less expansive to protect. In Waterbury Ct. there is a Mosque next to a Yeshivah/Shuul and they live in harmony forever.

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 Mar 15, 2019 at 05:15 PM Anonymous Says:

David Duke loves Omar. Has she denounced him yet?

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 Mar 15, 2019 at 05:52 PM shmuelmoshe Says:

When Baruch Goldstein massacred people in Maaras Hamachpelah he was widely criticized by gedolim and roshei Yeshiva even though his supporters claimed he was preventing a potential terrorist attack

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 Mar 16, 2019 at 08:41 PM Anonymous Says:

To #6- Goldstein was a nut, who killed worshippers at a mosque, who were not terrorists. The Gedolim and Roshei Yeshiva were correct in condemning that psycho.

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 Mar 16, 2019 at 09:01 PM Anonymous Says:

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shmuelmoshe Says:

When Baruch Goldstein massacred people in Maaras Hamachpelah he was widely criticized by gedolim and roshei Yeshiva even though his supporters claimed he was preventing a potential terrorist attack

You mean when the Zionists allege that Dr. Goldstein did so.

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 Mar 16, 2019 at 10:18 PM yamsar Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You mean when the Zionists allege that Dr. Goldstein did so.

You mean to say he didn’t actually do it?

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