UK and France step up security near religious sites after New Zealand attacks
The terror attacks in two mosques left 49 people dead
A police officer stands guard during Friday prayers at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, providing extra security after the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/ Reuters
French, British authorities have stepped up security measures near religious sites after deadly attacks against two mosques in New Zealand left 49 people dead.
Neil Basu, the UK’s national policing lead for counter terrorism, said officers “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”.
He added: “We are monitoring events in New Zealand closely and send our condolences to all those affected.
“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.
Par précaution, j’ai immédiatement appelé nos préfets à la plus grande vigilance et leur ai demandé de renforcer la surveillance des lieux de culte de notre pays.— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) March 15, 2019
Des patrouilles seront assurées à proximité des espaces confessionnels.
“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.”
West Midlands Assistant Chief Constable Matt Ward said officers will be engaging with key religious buildings to reassure local people. He added: “We will continue to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.
“For us the focus now is the protection of those we serve in the West Midlands. As we are all very aware we face a sustained and determined threat to our security.”
The Muslim Council of Britain had called on the Government to redouble efforts to ensure mosques are protected
In a tweet, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, “Patrols will be held around religious sites.”
A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a “manifesto” in which he denounced immigrants.