FCO warns British nationals in New Zealand to remain vigilant

Published on : Friday, March 15, 2019

After the New Zealand terror attack that killed as many as 49 people and wounded at least 20 in shootings at two mosques in the city, the Foreign and Commonwealth office has urged its British nationals in New Zealand to remain alert.

 

 

 

The New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Arden mentioned it as one of the ‘darkest days’ in the history of the country and can be clearly described as a terrorist attack.

The first one to be attacked was the Al Noor Mosque in the central Christchurch and the second followed in the suburb of Linwood.

 

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement that those in the area were advised to remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities.

 

 

 

So far, the British  high commission in Wellington is in touch with the New Zealand authorities and had urgently sought further information.Every year around 200,000 British national visit New Zealand.

 

 

 

The police uncovered explosive devices which was attached to cars and commissioner Mike Bush urged the mosques across the country to close their doors for the time being.The situation was still evolving and there was  a possibility of more offenders being explored, one explosive was detonated and the other was in the process of being dismantled.

 

 

Security guards were stationed at the entrances of hotels and armed police went on protecting the landmarks of significance which might be further targets of the suspected terrorist group.

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