The Jakarta Post
Indonesia has condemned an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayers, which has reportedly left multiple people dead.
Authorities in New Zealand have urged residents to remain cautious.
"Indonesia strongly condemns the shooting,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. "The government and the people of Indonesia convey our deep condolences to the victims and their families.”
The Indonesian Embassy in Wellington, which is located around 440 kilometers from Christchurch, has sent a team to the coastal city to monitor further developments and coordinate with local authorities, hospitals, as well as Indonesian student organizations in Christchurch to ensure the safety of its citizens in New Zealand.
The Foreign Ministry has a record of 330 Indonesians living in Christchurch, 134 of whom are students.
The embassy has set up hotline numbers, +64211 950980 and +6422 3812065, for those who seek information or any consular assistance following the incident.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident, which has forced the city of Christchurch into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt, as "one of New Zealand's darkest days", AFP reported.
Police said four people – three men and a woman – had been taken into custody, and that they had found and neutralized a number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Meanwhile, local media have reported that at least nine people were dead, according to AFP. (ipa)