Pittsburgh Police increase security at local mosques following deadly New Zealand mass shooting

At least 49 dead, more than 20 others seriously injured


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Gage Goulding, News Editor

PITTSBURGH – Officials in Pittsburgh have increased security at local places of worship following a deadly mass shooting in New Zealand.

City officials released a statement Friday morning stating that public safety officials have been in contact with local Islamic leaders.

Authorities say they have increased patrols at mosques and other locales.

“The City of Pittsburgh will protect all houses of worship and the right to freely and safely practice your religion without fear,” said city officials in a statement.

Last October Pittsburgh was the target of the nations worst anti-Semitic attack when 46-year-old gunman Robert Bowers opened fire inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. Bowers killed 11 people and injured six more, including four police officers.

Officials in the city of Pittsburgh say they learned of the attacks in New Zealand with “heavy hearts and an all-too-intimate understanding of what the people of New Zealand are enduring.”

The city said the following in a statement:

As Mayor William Peduto noted following the tragic events of Oct. 27, 2018 in the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh got its asterisk that day. We were added to the long list of communities who have suffered unimaginable loss as the result of ignorance and extremism.

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According to CNN, at least 49 people are dead in Christchurch, New Zealand and at least 20 more are seriously injured.

“Today we stand with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand. We offer our deepest condolences,” said city officials in a statement. “And we will continue to stand united against all forms of hate.”