Police step up security at mosques around US after New Zealand terrorist attack

Friday, March 15, 2019
By Paul Martin

The NYPD sent extra officers to mosques around New York for early prayers
There was also an increase at mosques around Los Angeles
Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no credible threat and it was a precaution
The Chicago Police Department also announced it was beefing up security
He denounced the atrocity in Christchurch in which 49 people were killed
President Trump has extended the country’s support to New Zealand in light of it

By JENNIFER SMITH
DAILYMAIL.COM
15 March 2019

Police forces around the US stepped up security at mosques on Friday after 49 people were slaughtered in a terrorist attack in New Zealand.

In New York City, NYPD officers were seen patrolling outside mosques with sniffer dogs and offering support inside before morning prayers commenced.

There was a similar increase in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Dozens of people were killed at the Al Noor mosque and another nearby mosque on Friday by 28-year-old white Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant.

As he committed mass murder, another attack unfolded at the nearby Masjid in Linwood mosque.

In total, 49 people were killed and 48 were injured. It is the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s history.

An NYPD spokesman told DailyMail.com on Friday morning: ‘The NYPD, in conjunction with our law enforcement partners, is closely monitoring events in New Zealand, and out of an abundance of caution is assessing security at locations around the city.’

LAPD tweeted: ‘The LAPD is monitoring the horrific events unfolding in Christchurch, New Zealand.

‘While this attack appears to be an isolated incident with no nexus to LA, out of an abundance of caution we’re providing extra patrols around mosques.

‘Our thoughts & prayers are with all affected.’

President Trump, who is named in the shooter’s sickening manifesto as a ‘symbol of renewed white identity’, denounced it on Friday as a ‘horrible massacre’.

The gunman, Tarrant, said that he wanted to create a civil war in America by reigniting the debate surrounding guns.

He is now in custody along with two other men and a woman.

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