Australian Mosques Warned To Be 'Extra Vigilant' After NZ Shooting
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils is urging the Muslim community to be "particularly mindful of their safety" in the wake of the New Zealand 'terrorist attack'.
The AFIC has called on all Australian mosques and places of worship to be "extra vigilant" in the coming days.
“This act of terror on innocent worshipers is an atrocity and we grieve with the victims and their families," President of Muslims Australia, Dr Rateb Jneid said in a statement.
"We will reach out to our compatriots in New Zealand and offer any support and assistance that we are able to.”
AFIC said the still-unfolding situation in New Zealand, where multiple people were killed after a gunman stormed two mosques, was a product of ever-increasing Islamophobia and marginalisation of Muslims.
It comes as Queensland Police confirmed national arrangements through the Australia and New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee have been activated.
Queensland police said while there is no credible intelligence of an imminent attack in the state, Australia is in a "probable threat environment".
"We are maintaining a high level of vigilance and have activated all of our current counter-terrorism capabilities - including engaging with all of our communities & minority groups across Qld to ensure they are safe & are kept safe," police said in a statement on Twitter.
"It is very important that people in Queensland know they can go about their daily business, their prayers, their religious services without any fear."
NSW Police said there was no ongoing or specific threat to any mosque or place of worship in NSW.
"However, police have increased patrols and senior officers have also reached out to community and religious leaders across the state to provide support and reassurance," police said in a statement.
Earlier, police in New Zealand urged anyone in the country considering visiting a mosque on Friday to not go and urged all mosques to keep their doors closed.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also labelled the day as one of the "darkest" in the nation's history."The people who were the subject of this attack today, New Zealand is their home. They should be safe here," Ardern said.
"Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us".
Authorities are yet to confirm the number of casualties but say multiple people have been killed.
Four people are now in custody following the shootings.
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