(SNO) — Saint Lucia has expressed condolences to New Zealand in the wake of mass shootings at two mosques which left 49 people dead and at least 20 injured.
The incident took place in the city of Christchurch.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet expressed condolences on behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia, saying the island condemns such attacks.
“I extend our sincerest condolences to the Government and People of New Zealand; to the victims and to their families,” he said. “As a country we condemn these deadly attacks and stand in solidarity with our grief stricken friends in New Zealand.”
Chastanet said the world remains “deeply shocked by this senseless act of violence and in this time of great sorrow and hardship”.
“We pray for the continued strength and courage of the people of New Zealand and for the speedy recovery of those injured,” he said.
Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern has described the incident as a “terrorist attack”.
It has sparked an outpouring of condemnation and condolences from leaders around the globe.
Muslim leaders said the mass shooting was evidence of a rising tide of violent anti-Islam sentiment.
One man was arrested and charged with murder in what officials said appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack.
Police also defused explosive devices in a car.
Two other people were being held in custody and police were trying to determine how they might be involved.