Cuomo calls for increased security at mosques

Police stand outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand. Police stand outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand. | Photo: AP Photo/Mark Baker.

March 15, 2019 09:45 AM

Gov. Cuomo is directing state police to step up security around mosques following the terrorist attacks in New Zealand.

At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers. One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack. Police also defused explosive devices in a car.

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"My heart breaks for the victims of the horrific attack in New Zealand. And we grieve with the rest of the world," Cuomo said in a statement.

The governor called for increased patrols around mosques and houses of worship across the state.

"At a time of great division, we will stand up to hate in all its forms and do everything in our power to protect the safety and wellbeing of all New Yorkers," the governor said.


Chris Rooney

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