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Prince George RCMP reaching out to local Muslim community after New Zealand terrorist attack

Forty-nine people were killed after a shooter opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch
Prince George Mosque
The Prince George Islamic Centre as part of the B.C. Muslim Association. (via Google Maps)

After the harrowing events in New Zealand yesterday (March 14), Prince George RCMP are reassuring safety in the community. 

Cpl. Craig Douglass released a statement, first acknowledging those affected by the attacks.

"Our sympathies go out to the people affected by the tragic incident in New Zealand," he says.

Douglass says while some mosques may have an increased presence following the events in New Zealand, Prince George RCMP are not aware of any specific threats, but continue to exercise increased vigilance. 

Mounties are also reaching out to the local Muslim community to identify whether they have any specific safety and/or security concerns. 

"We are also asking for members of the public to report anything suspicious to police," Douglass adds. "The Prince George RCMP encourage all victims of hate crime to report these incidents to police or community leaders so the appropriate steps can be taken to address the needs of the victim and take action against the offender."

Anyone with information regarding possible criminal threats to national security is asked to call the RCMP's National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805.

Police in New Zealand designated the shooting as a terrorist attack after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: "This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days." while also adding "extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and, in fact, have no place in the world."


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