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New Zealand attack: Police patrol UK mosques and vow to 'stand together' with Muslims after deadly shootings

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Police are patrolling UK mosques following a terror attack targeting Muslims in New Zealand.

The head of British counterterror police said his officers would “stand together” with Muslim communities and their counterparts in Christchurch.

“Today we will be stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faith, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves,” said Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu. Residents gathering close to the mosque after the mass shooting © Getty Residents gathering close to the mosque after the mass shooting

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“We are standing together with our Muslim communities and all those shocked and horrified by this terrorist attack in New Zealand.”

Police are patrolling mosques in the UK. © Getty Police are patrolling mosques in the UK.

Authorities in France and other nations were stepping up security measures near religious sites following shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, which left 49 people dead.

Related: Shooting suspect published online 'manifesto' before bloodbath (Mirror)

The gunman targeted Friday prayers in the terror attack, which he broadcast live on Facebook after publishing an online manifesto raging against immigrants, Muslims and supposed “white genocide”.

Mr Basu said British counterterror police were monitoring events in New Zealand closely. Armed New Zealand special forces arriving outside the mosque following a shooting in Christchurch. © Getty Armed New Zealand special forces arriving outside the mosque following a shooting in Christchurch.

He added: “Our international network of UK counter terrorism officers will be ready to support our counterparts in New Zealand in responding to and investigating this appalling attack. 

“We stand together with all our communities and partners here in the UK and overseas, and will continue to work with them to counter the threat no matter where it comes from.  Police officers cordon off the area close to the Christchurch mosque. © Getty Police officers cordon off the area close to the Christchurch mosque.

“Together with our intelligence partners we continually monitor the varied threats we face, including to and around places of worship and specific communities across the country, to ensure we have the most appropriate protective security measures in place to keep people safe.“

Gallery: Christchurch shooting (Photos)


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