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New Zealand celebrities condemn Christchurch mosque attack

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winner Russell Crowe, and veteran are among the prominent film personalities from who have expressed shock and anguish over the killings of scores of people in the Christchurch terror attack.

At least 49 worshippers were killed in attacks on the in central Christchurch and the in the city's suburb, seen as one of the worst attacks on Muslims in that country.

Waititi, best known for directing films such as "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Hunt for The Wilderpeople", took to to extend support to the grieving community.

"My heart is broken. My country is weeping and so am I. I am dying knowing that this kind of hatred can happen in my homeland. All my love goes out to Christchurch, the victims, the families, the Muslim community, and all who have chosen our islands as their home. This is not us," he wrote.

Crowe, the Best winner of Ridley Scott's "Gladiator", described the incident as "senseless" and "pointless".

"My heart breaks for all the families involved, and for the beautiful people of to whose hearts this pain will attach, for a long time. Kaha," the tweeted.

Neill, who headlined Steven Spielberg's original "Jurrasic Park" films, wrote on Twitter, "This beyond grotesque horrific white supremacist terrorist crime in OUR, YOUR little country. With love and heartbreak to the Muslim community of Aotearoa, we are with you. You are us. We are all NewZealanders. #TheyAreUs kaha. We weep together."

"True Blood" star condoled the deaths of many innocent civilians, saying her "heart is broken".

Karl Urban, the star of "Star Trek" films and "Thor: Ragnarok", said he is feeling "disgusted" by the attack.

"Shocked, saddened and disgusted at this abhorrent terrorist attacking unfolding in Christchurch NZ . My heart , thoughts and prayers go out to all families affected," he tweeted.

Actor Lucy Lawless, best known for starring in the series "Spartacus", said the incident has put the country on edge.

"Don't let the haters win. Reach out to Muslim Kiwis. Extend a hand. Tell them you feel deeply pained by what happened and that you will be no part of this hatred. They came traumatized, looking for safety. Give them love. Please!" she wrote.

The gunman, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, has been arrested and charged with murder. According to reports, he live-streamed himself via a head-mounted camera online, firing at worshippers inside the

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 14:46 IST
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