Local Muslims, P.G. RCMP react to mosque shootings

By Greg Fry
March 15, 2019 - 10:58am Updated: March 15, 2019 - 7:48pm

PRINCE GEORGE — The recent attack on a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand has sent waves through the Islamic community around the world.

The effects were felt here at home as well with the attacks hitting close to home for local Muslims.

The mood today at the Prince George Islamic Centre was a sombre one, the attack in New Zealand sending shockwaves through the city's Muslim community.

The Islamic Centre is not afraid of an attack here in the city, but none the less they will be more cautious than normal.

The Prince George RCMP says they've reached out to the local Muslim community following the tragic mosque shootings in Christchurch New Zealand.

Those shootings have claimed at least 49 lives and have led to the arrest of a 28-year-old white nationalist from Australia.

Cpl. Craig Douglass says police here are not aware of any specific threats but continue to exercise increased vigilance.

"We are reaching out to the local Muslim community to identify whether they have any specific safety or security concerns," he says.

"We are also asking for members of the public to report anything suspicious to police. The Prince George RCMP encourage all victims of hate crime to report these incidents to police or community leaders so the appropriate steps can be taken to address the needs of the victim and take action against the offender."

Douglass adds anyone with information about possible criminal threats to national security to call the RCMP's National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805.




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