(SEATTLE, WA 3/16/19) –  The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Washington (CAIR-WA), today mourned the deaths of more than 40 worshipers gunned down in terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A man who claimed responsibility for the attacks left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto. The white supremacist author of the manifesto called himself a supporter of President Donald Trump, who he sees “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

Authorities have detained four people and defused explosive devices following what appeared to be a carefully-planned terror attack.

SEE: Christchurch shootings at two mosques leave 49 dead, Australian arrested in relation to terror attack

In a statement CAIR-WA Executive Director Masih Fouladi said:
“We grieve with our brothers and sisters in New Zealand tonight. This type of violent hate is unacceptable anywhere and particularly horrifying in a house of worship. No one should ever feel afraid while practicing their faith.”

While we don’t believe there are active threats in Washington locations CAIR-WA is encouraging our community to remain vigilant and to contact law enforcement immediately if they encounter anything suspicious. CAIR-WA is working with law enforcement, mosques leaders, and elected officials to ensure that places of worship are secure tomorrow. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep the community updated.

SEE: CAIR Safety Guide for Islamic Centers and Houses of Worship

Video of the attacks has been posted online. CAIR is asking that the video not be shared.

If community members and allies would like to support victims of the attack, please consider donating here:

Media Contact:
CAIR-WA Media and Outreach Director, Sarah Stuteville sstuteville@cair.com 206-403-3931

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.