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NZealand mosque killings spark global horror

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Attacks on two mosques in which left at least 49 people dead on Friday -- the Muslim -- have sparked horror, revulsion and dismay around the world.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," said Jacinda Ardern, describing it as "one of New Zealand's darkest days."

One of the gunmen -- believed to be an Australian extremist -- livestreamed the deadly assault, stoking outrage and fear that others may be targeted in copy-cat attacks.

"With this attack, hostility towards that the world has been has been idly watching and even encouraging for some time, has gone beyond the boundaries of individual harassment to reach the level of mass killing," said Turkish

"If measures are not taken right away, of other disasters will follow this one... I am calling on the world, in particular the West, to take quick measures," he said.

Norwegian urged the international community to combat all forms of extremism after the Christchurch attacks, which revived painful memories of the 2011 mass killings in by rightwing extremist

"It's obviously very sad. It recalls painful memories of our own experience with July 22, the most difficult moment in the post-war period in "

Malaysian said he hoped "will arrest these terrorists and do the necessary under the law of the country."

Indonesian Joko Widoyo, of the world's largest Muslim country, said "we strongly condemn these kind of violent acts".

"Harrowing from overnight" said

"The brutal attack... will never diminish the tolerance and decency that New Zealand is famous for."

British Prime Minister offered deepest condolences "after the horrifying terrorist attack in Christchurch. My thoughts are with all of those affected by this sickening act of violence."

service said it was "stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faith, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves."

In Australia, police in New said there were increasing patrols around mosques as a precaution.

"There is no ongoing or specific threat to any or place of worship," police said.

"An attack against peaceful people gathering for prayer is shocking in its cruelty and cynicism," Russian President said.

"I hope that those involved will be severely punished," he said in a message to Arden.

German said she mourned "with New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques. We stand together against such acts of terrorism."

French President echoed Merkel's message, condemning an "odious attack" and saying "stands against any form of extremism".

NATO said the US-led alliance "stands with our friend and partner New Zealand in defence of our open societies and shared values".

Spanish said his thoughts were with the victims, families and government of New Zealand after attacks by "fanatics and extremists who want to destroy our societies".

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 17:40 IST