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Trudeau condemns Christchurch attack, Canada security tightened

AFP  |  Ottawa 

Police in stepped up security patrols at mosques around the country following attacks in on Friday that condemned as "absolutely appalling."

The attacks on the two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 people dead, with one gunman -- identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault and publishing a

"Attacking people during prayers is absolutely appalling, and strongly condemns today's shootings in New Zealand," said on

"Our thoughts and hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we join New Zealanders and Muslim communities around the world in grieving." The flag atop the was lowered to half-staff in memory of the victims.

Police in and -- home to Canada's largest Muslim populations -- told AFP they have stepped up security around the more than 100 mosques in the two metropolitan regions.

"In response to the attacks in New Zealand, we will have a heightened police presence in the community, focusing on places of worship -- especially mosques," police said.

Similar precautionary measures were taken by authorities in Montreal, City and elsewhere across the country.

However, insisted that "there is no known nexus to and Canada's threat level remains unchanged at 'medium.'" Prior to the mosques shootings, Canada had seen the worst ever attack on Muslims in the West.

A gunman in January 2017 opened fire on worshipers at a City mosque after evening prayers, killing six men and wounding 35 others. Both the defense and prosecution are currently appealing the 29-year-old shooter's 40-year prison sentence in that case.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 22:50 IST