NZ Muslims condemn terror attacks

  • 14/11/2015
Rescue services near covered bodies outside a restaurant following a shooting incident in Paris, France (Reuters)
Rescue services near covered bodies outside a restaurant following a shooting incident in Paris, France (Reuters)

New Zealand's Muslim community has expressed its sorrow after terrorist attacks in France and Lebanon killed nearly 200 people.

At least 120 people were killed in co-ordinated shootings and bombings across Paris on Friday (local time) while 44 died in two suicide bombings in the Lebanon capital of Beirut on the same day in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand issued a joint statement with the NZ Human Rights Commission condemning the violence and saying their community stands with the victims.

"We stand alongside all innocent victims of terrorism in peace, solidarity and humanity," FIANZ president Hazim Arafeh said.

"The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand condemns all terrorist attacks and joins the rest of the world in deep sorrow as we mourn men, women and children murdered by terrorists and extremists."

New Zealand's Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy said terrorism is not religious based and urged Kiwis to stand with the Muslim community.

"Hate starts small but so, too, does hope," Dame Susan said.

"Terrorism has no religion and neither does humanity: we urge Kiwis to stand together in humanity."

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