New Zealand terror attack: Police across the US tighten security around mosques

Police officers were seen patrolling with sniffer dogs outside mosques in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago


                            New Zealand terror attack: Police across the US tighten security around mosques

Police forces across the United States reportedly increased security around mosques on Friday after a deadly terrorist attack at two mosques in New Zealand left 49 dead and dozens injured. 

The New York Police Department (NYPD) officers were seen patrolling with sniffer dogs outside mosques in New York City and offered support inside the establishments before morning prayers started, according to the Daily Mail. Similar security measures were reported from Los Angeles and Chicago.

NYPD officials tighten security around mosques across Manhattan, New York City in wake of New York City terror attacks. (Getty Images)
NYPD officials tighten security around mosques across Manhattan, New York City in wake of New York City terror attacks. (Getty Images)

A 28-year-old Australian, who was reportedly identified as Brenton Tarrant, killed dozens of people at the Al Noor mosque. As he opened fire on hundreds of innocent devotees, another attack unfolded at the nearby Linwood mosque. The deadliest mass shooting in the country's history claimed a total of 49 lives and injured 20 others seriously. The gunman has been taken into custody along with two other men and a woman.

A NYPD spokesperson, while talking to the Mail, on Friday morning said: "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."

Police investigate a property at Somerville Street on March 15, 2019 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Residents have been evacuated off the street as police investigate a property believed to be related to the deadly terror attacks in Christchurch today. At least 49 people are confirmed dead, with more than 40 people injured following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. (Getty Images)
Police investigate a property at Somerville Street on March 15, 2019 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Residents have been evacuated off the street as police investigate a property believed to be related to the deadly terror attacks in Christchurch today. At least 49 people are confirmed dead, with more than 40 people injured following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. (Getty Images)

While the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) took to Twitter to write: "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 Donald Trump, who is mentioned in the shooter's horrifying manifesto as a "symbol of renewed white identity," denounced the shooting on Friday, calling it a "horrible massacre."



 

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!" Trump tweeted on Friday morning.