Extra police patrols at UK mosques after NZ attack

LONDON: British police had been offering “reassurance patrols” round mosques following the lethal gun rampage in New Zealand on Friday.

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan and Britain’s high counter-terror officer mentioned the police presence could be stepped up as individuals went to Friday prayers.

“I need to reassure the Muslim communities in London,” mentioned Khan.

“I’ve been in contact with the Met Police. There will probably be extremely seen policing round mosques at the moment, in addition to armed response officers, as Londoners go to wish.”

Neil Basu, the Met’s nationwide policing chief for counter-terrorism, mentioned: “We will probably be stepping up reassurance patrols round mosques and growing engagement with communities of all religion, giving recommendation on how individuals and locations can defend themselves.

“Along with our intelligence companions we regularly monitor the numerous threats we face, together with to and round locations of worship and particular communities throughout the nation,” he mentioned.

Harun Khan, head of the Muslim Council of Britain mentioned British Muslims making ready for Friday prayers “achieve this with the anxiousness as as to if our mosques and communities are secure within the face of unabated Islamophobia and hostility in opposition to Muslims”.

The MCB mentioned two mosques in Newcastle and Manchester had been focused by vandals who spray-painted Nazi swastika symbols previously two months.

London has beforehand heightened safety measures round mosques following terror assaults.

Additional patrols had been deployed after the Finsbury Park assault on June 19, 2017.

Attacker Darren Osborne drove a van into pedestrians leaving a Muslim welfare centre close to the well-known Finsbury Park Mosque in north London.

One individual was killed and a number of other others had been injured.

Osborne was arrested on the scene and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Basu mentioned British counter-terror officers had been able to assist their colleagues in New Zealand in responding to and investigating Friday’s assault.

An extremist armed with semi-automatic weapons rampaged via two mosques within the New Zealand metropolis of Christchurch throughout afternoon prayers Friday, killing 49 worshippers and wounding dozens extra.

Basu mentioned locations of worship may use a web based coaching bundle for recommendation on protecting safety and learn how to reply in case of an incident.

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