Worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand were the victims of a tragic attack Friday morning. As the time of writing, 49 people were killed, with 20 more seriously injured. The incident has since been labelled a terrorist incident, and the Islamophobic attacks have shocked a usually quiet and peaceful country.

In response, Montreal and Quebec City police forces have confirmed that they have increased security around mosques and other places of worship following the reports of the attack in New Zealand.

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TL;DR Following the tragic attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, police forces accross the province have been on high alert, and have reportedly increased security around mosques and other places of worship.

The attacks in New Zealand have been condemned by leaders around the world, including the Canadian royal family and Justin Trudeau:

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has also responded to the attack:

The suspect was not known to police before the attack, and police reportedly had no indication that this attack was going to happen.

The attacks are painfully reminiscent of the attack on a mosque in Quebec city. On January 29, 2017, six worshippers were killed and scores more injured because of an Islamophobic mass shooter. A manifesto reportedly authored by the New Zealand shooter describes his hate for Muslim people and refers to the Quebec mosque shooter among other extremists.

Police in Quebec City and Montreal have therefore ramped up security by mosques and other places of worship. Global News reports the Quebec muslim community's shock as they are forced to relive the attack.

The Quebec shooter has been sentenced to fifty years in prison, though this is currently being appealed by his lawyer, who wants the shooter to be eligible for parole in 25 years.


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