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New Zealand attacks: Tribute from Cornwall police

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Published by Emma Carton at 9:12am 15th March 2019. (Updated at 2:53pm 15th March 2019)

Police in Cornwall and Devon have paid tribute after the suspected terror attack in New Zealand.

49 people have been killed in mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

39 others are injured after it happened in the middle of morning prayers.

Cornish churches are sending prayers to Christchurch, including at All Saints in Highertown, Truro.

Survivor's Story

Mohan Ibrahim escaped one of the mosques targeted in Christchurch

In an emotional interview with Sky News, he described seeing bodies inside and outside the mosques.

What do we know so far?

The shootings took place at two mosques in Christchurch in the middle of morning prayers.

Explosives were also found in vehicles nearby and they have since been made safe.

The authorities in New Zealand are describing what happened as a pre-planned terror attack.

A man in his late 20s has been charged with murder and three others have been arrested.

New Zealand's Prime Minister has described what happened as one of her country's "darkest ever days".

What does this mean for the UK?

National Policing lead for Counter Terrorism, Neil Basu, has issued the following statement:

"We are monitoring events in New Zealand closely and send our condolences to all those affected.

"Our international network of UK counter terrorism officers will be ready to support our counterparts in New Zealand in responding to and investigating this appalling attack.

"We stand together with all our communities and partners here in the UK and overseas, and will continue to work with them to counter the threat no matter where it comes from.

"Together with our intelligence partners we continually monitor the varied threats we face, including to and around places of worship and specific communities across the country, to ensure we have the most appropriate protective security measures in place to keep people safe.

"Today we will be stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faith, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves.

"Places of worship can also utilise our online training package 'ACT Awareness eLearning' for advice on Protective Security and how to react should the worst happen.

"It can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/act-awareness-elearning. We'd also encourage everyone to be aware of our Run, Hide, Tell advice.

"We take all forms of extremism seriously and anyone with concerns about someone becoming radicalised can get advice and support through the PREVENT programme at www.TLAI.info

"We standing together with our Muslim communities and all those shocked and horrified by this terrorist attack in New Zealand".

Neil Basu

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