Turkey's Erdogan condemns New Zealand mosque attack

Turkey's Erdogan condemns New Zealand mosque attack

Erdogan, who is seeking to rally support for his Islamist-rooted AK Party in March 31 local elections, has invoked the New Zealand attack as evidence of global anti-Muslim sentiment.

An emotional appeal by New Zealand's highest ranking Muslim police officer at a vigil for the Christchurch terror attack victims has gone viral.

An Australian citizen of ultra-right views Brenton Tarrant, a native of Australia's Grafton fired at one of the mosques.

Peters said that he raised the issue with Turkish officials visiting New Zealand as part of an official delegation.

According to BBC News, he went on: 'Anything of that nature that misrepresents this country - given that [the suspect] was a non-New Zealand citizen - imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people overseas and it's totally unfair.

The suspected attacker, who ranted about Turkey in his manifesto, "targeted Turkey and me", Erdogan said.

The manifesto also shows that German Chancellor Anglea Merkel, mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were his main targets.

It also warns Turkey's citizens against living on the European side of Istanbul.

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"We are coming for Constantinople and we will destroy every mosque and minaret in the city", which will be "rightfully Christian-owned once more", the manifesto said, referring to modern-day Istanbul.

Majority Muslim Turkey straddles Europe and Asia, its Asian section known as Anatolia.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at an election campaign rally.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was in Christchurch and visited Turkish citizens wounded in the attack, said Muslims around the world were anxious about Islamophobia and racism.

Erdogan screened the footage at televised rallies in Istanbul and Tekirdag despite the authorities in New Zealand calling for a halt to the videos being shared, as well as an attempt by Facebook and Youtube to delete the videos circulating. Fraser Anning that blamed the massacre on illegal immigration.

Erdogan said that if they came with friendly intentions, they are welcome.

He urged people to think before acting and directed a message at extremists saying: "You are not going to frighten us".

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