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New Zealand mosques 'free to open' as heavy vigil continues

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Mosques across are "free and welcome to open their doors" but police will maintain an armed presence after 50 people were killed and over an equal number of people were injured in the gruesome terror attack.

"Mosques are welcome to open their doors if they choose to do so. Police will continue to maintain a presence at all Mosques across New Zealand," Police tweeted on Sunday.

Mosques across the country were advised to shut down following the March 14 terror attack, which shook the global community.

Meanwhile, security was beefed up outside mosques in United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and other following the ghastly shootings, carried out by a 28-year-old white man Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who has been charged with murder ever since.

Police believe that Tarrant single-handedly carried out the terror attack at both the mosques under a span of 36 minutes during the ongoing Friday prayers for which a large number of faithful had congregated.

At least five Indians, including three from also lost their lives in the shootings.

36 wounded, including two Indian nationals and two persons of Indian origin, are undergoing treatment at Hospital following Thursday's attacks, as the police have informed that 11 people out of them continue to be in critical condition.

"In addition, the four-year-old child transported to in Auckland yesterday remains in a critical condition," Police tweeted.

"Police understands the religious duty of the Islamic faith to bury the deceased as soon as possible, and is working closely with the Chief Coroner to do everything possible to expedite the process," they added, mentioning that the deceased victims have been removed from both the mosques.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 09:00 IST