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August 25, 2019

NY state and local cops on alert at local mosques after New Zealand spree killing

March 15, 2019
The Islamic Cultural Center of New York located at East 96th Street in Manhattan. (Anthony DelMundo / New York Daily News)

New York State Police and the NYPD have ramped up security outside mosques and Muslim community centers following the New Zealand shooting spree that claimed 49 lives.

“[The] community needs to know they will be protected and be embraced and so you’ll see that in New York City today,” the mayor said on Morning Joe Friday morning. “We’re going to be protecting them today.”

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Gov. Cuomo said that state police have increased their patrols statewide.

“My heart breaks for the victims of the horrific attack in New Zealand,” the governor said. “And we grieve with the rest of the world. In the wake of this disgusting act of bigoted violence, which appears to be rooted in Islamophobia, New York stands with the Muslim community as we always have and always will.”

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said there had been no threats to any city mosques.

“The NYPD sees no New York City connection to the tragedy in New Zealand at this time, but we nevertheless stand prepared to protect the people in all of our communities. We are connecting with area mosques and Muslim community leaders, and increasing patrols and high-visibility counterterrorism presence at locations around the city. Together, New Yorkers will never allow terrorists – who thrive on violence and fear – to threaten our people or our values,” O’Neill said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called attack in Christchurch, “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

Three people have been detained and one man charged with murder after at least 49 people were killed and 20 others seriously wounded during the attacks.

Democratic Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will call on the mayor and Governor Andrew Cuomo to send police to mosques across New York State at a prayer event at the Makki Masjid Muslim Community Center in Ditmas Park.

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