New Zealand's Christchurch City, On Friday, was subjected to a deadly terror attack by a gunman, said to be an "extremist" from Australia, who opened fire at two mosques in the city leading 45-50 people to death while many were left injured. This triggered panic with authorities instructing all mosques to shut down. A video rapidly claiming to be a live stream of the attack surfaced on the internet. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern immediately held a press conference, calling it one of New Zealand's darkest days. "For now my thoughts and I'm sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who have been affected their families," she said, adding that the country strictly condemned and rejected the attacker.
As per the New Zealand Police Commissioner, the attack was a well-planned one. The Prime Minister of Australia, at this hour of crisis, has asked all the Australian flags to be flown at half-mast as a tribute of respect This has triggered public figures including politicians, film stars and philanthropists across the globe to censure the incident and convey their prayers for the families and individuals affected.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the attack while he reemphasised "that terrorism does not have a religion".
Pakistani and Bollywood actor Ali Zafar, who also mourns the lives lost, found the visuals to be most disturbing.
Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar put a video of himself condemning the attack while he also raised a pertinent question.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar called it 'shocking and tragic'.
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, on the other hand, found it an act of cowardly terror.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has conveyed her condolence on behalf of the citizens of the UK.
Our deepest condolences to the people and families affected!