British police patrol mosques and vow to 'stand together' with Muslims after deadly shootings

British police patrol mosques and vow to
# 16 March 2019 13:40 (UTC +04:00)

Police are patrolling UK mosques following a terror attack targeting Muslims in New Zealand, ONA reports citing The Independence.

The head of British counterterror police said his officers would “stand together” with Muslim communities and their counterparts in Christchurch.

“Today we 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,” said Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu.

“We are standing together with our Muslim communities and all those shocked and horrified by this terrorist attack in New Zealand.”

Police also announced plans to patrol mosques in and around Birmingham on Friday morning.

West Midlands Police assistant chief constable Matt Ward said there was no intelligence suggesting an increased threat in the area but added: “Officers will be engaging with key religious buildings today to reassure local people. We will continue to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.”

Authorities in France and other nations were stepping up security measures near religious sites following shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, which left 49 people dead.

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