Burnaby RCMP steps up presence at local mosques after New Zealand massacre

Burnaby RCMP has stepped up its presence at local mosques after a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand Friday.

Forty-nine people were killed and dozens injured in the city when one or more gunmen attacked the two mosques during Friday prayers.

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Three suspects are reported to be in custody and one man has been charged with murder.

After reports of the massacre Friday morning, RCMP stepped up patrols at the four mosques in and around Burnaby, according to Burnaby RCMP.

“It’s our bike unit that’s taken that on,” Cpl. Daniela Panesar told the NOW.

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Source: Burnaby RCMP

The move is meant to address any concerns from mosque-goers and others in the community.

“We want to make sure that everybody, especially at this time the Muslim community, feels safe and knows that we’re addressing any safety or security concerns, being present, being visible for them,” Panesar said.

Anyone with concerns is encouraged to talk to the RCMP members, Panesar said.

“We’ll continue to be present and increase patrols in those areas,” she said.

Burnaby RCMP sent out condolences on social media to those affected by the tragedy.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by the tragic incident in #Christchurch,” stated the post.

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