Putin offers condolences over Christchurch terrorist attack

Putin offers condolences over Christchurch terrorist attack

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a message to New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, offering condolences over a deadly terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, the Kremlin press service said.

"It was brutal and cynical attack on civilians who had gathered for prayers. I expect that all those involved in this crime will receive the punishment they deserve," the Russian leader stressed.

The head of state noted that the Russian people share the grief of those who lost their loved ones and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.

Shooters opened fire in the Al-Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch at about 13:45 local time (01:45 GMT) on Friday. The attacks killed at least 49 people and left over 50 wounded. 

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