President sends condolences to victims of NZ terror attack

Polish President Andrzej Duda expressed his condolences to the Governor-General of New Zealand, Patsy Reddy, after the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, which happened on Friday at 2:45 pm local time.

“With the deepest regret and movement I received news about savage acts of violence, which happened today in Christchurch,” the President wrote in a note to Governor-General Patsy Reddy.

“On behalf of the Polish nation and my own, I express my deepest compassion to all families and close relatives of victims of this tragedy. We hope that all wounded will fully recover,” President Duda wrote.

“The Poles unite in sadness and grief with all affected by acts of blind hatred. We keep you in our hearts and prayers,” the President stressed.

Shooting in Christchurch

At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in Christchurch. This was the worst ever mass shooting in the country.

Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, condemned this act of terror. “This is one of New Zealand's darkest days,” she said.

One of the attackers allegedly broadcast the attack on social media. According to Reuters, the video, which has already been removed from social media, showed him driving as music played in his vehicle. After parking, he took two guns and walked a short distance to the mosque where he opened fire. However, Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.

Four people have been detained, among them, one was charged with murder. None of them had earlier been associated with terrorism, one is an Australian citizen.