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Jakarta stands in solidarity with Christchurch following fatal mosque attacks

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 16, 2019   /   01:58 pm
Jakarta stands in solidarity with Christchurch following fatal mosque attacks Vehicles pass underneath a footbridge in the Senayan area on Jl. Sudirman in South Jakarta lit up in the colors of the New Zealand flag on the evening of March 15. Jakarta stands in solidarity with the Muslim community in New Zealand and Christchurch following terrorist attacks that killed at least 49 people. (JP/File-Jakarta administration)

Three newly renovated footbridges on Jl. Sudirman in South Jakarta were lit in the colors of the New Zealand flag on Friday to show solidarity with Christchurch after terrorist attacks at two mosques in that city took the lives of at least 49 people and injured dozens others.

Red, white and blue lights cover the three bridges near the Senayan traffic circle, in front of the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex and the Jakarta Police headquarters.

The New Zealand flag-colored lights are to be displayed every day from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. for a week, according to Pris Febrian Adris, a city official who supervises the bridges.

"The lights were turned on at 8 p.m.," he said on Friday as quoted by Kompas.com.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has also expressed condolences for the victims, who went to mosques for Friday prayers, of the tragedy that shocked not only New Zealand but also the world.

“On behalf of Jakarta's residents, our deepest condolences go out to the victims’ families and the Muslim community in New Zealand,” he said in a recorded message shared on his official Instagram account.

“Jakarta stands in solidarity with Christchurch, New Zealand and all of its residents who are known for their peace and openness to anyone from various backgrounds,” he added.

The Foreign Ministry said at least eight Indonesians were at the sites of the terrorist attacks and six Indonesians were reportedly praying at Al-Noor Mosque, where the attacker opened fire on worshipers. (ggq)