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Kashmir condemns mosques bloodbath, prays for victims

IANS  |  Srinagar 

The Valley, never immune to violence, on Friday came together to denounce the massacre of 49 people in two mosques saying the brutality proved that there is no place cannot reach.

Across the political divide and on the street, Kashmiris voiced their disgust over the way gunmen said to be whites entered two mosques and opened indiscriminate fire, even filming the gruesome killings.

Senior Farooq, in his Friday sermon at the historic in Srinagar's old city, said that in whatever form had become the enemy of peace and human values.

Earlier, tweeted: "Shocked and deeply grieved by the barbaric attack at twin mosques in Christchurch. Once again humanity becomes a casualty."

Former said: "Good to see most people are calling the firing what it is - a terror attack. No words of condemnation are strong enough and no words of sympathy for the families adequate enough."

Mehbooba Mufti, another former Chief Minister, appreciated the way reacted to the attacks.

Ardern said that there was no place for such terror attacks and that New Zealand was home to all migrant communities regardless of their religion.

"Respect for such leadership qualities," the said.

Politicians and religious leaders apart, there is and anger in the Valley against the terror attack on mosques in Christchurch.

"It is most shocking. Targeting Muslims and that too when they gather inside mosques to offer prayers is most condemnable. Only a beast can kill men and children with such bravado," said Tariq Ahmad, 27, who lives in area of

Added officer Mudasir Ahmad, 32: "Carrying a video camera and changing magazines of his rifle as he goes on a shooting spree proves how much madness and hatred the killer carried in his heart. Death is no punishment for such a killer."

Thanks to news on televisions and social media, everyone -- shopkeepers, fruit sellers and even petty hawkers -- knew what had happened in New Zealand.

"has also seen tragedies and it is therefore very easy for us to understand," said Abdul Hamid, 72, a retired

"No place is safe in the world unless all of us work together to fight the of A terrorist is nobody's friend. Killing the terrorist may not necessarily kill terrorism. We have to weed out the breeding grounds of terrorism.

"There are no borders that terrorism cannot cross. If developed countries believe terrorism is the of the less privileged countries, they are mistaken," he added.

Said Shabir Ahmad, 41: "Once the fires of are fanned, nobody can predict where they will stop."

Special prayers were held in many mosques in the Valley for the people who lost their lives to the Christchurch madness.



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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 15:24 IST