Security Ramped Up At Ontario Mosques After Christchurch Shootings

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Police forces in Ontario are stepping up security measures in areas with large Muslim populations after deadly shootings at mosques in New Zealand on Friday.

Officers in Toronto, Hamilton and surrounding communities say they’re boosting patrols around all places of worship with a particular emphasis on mosques.

The moves come in response to two deadly rampages at mosques in Christchurch in which at least one gunman sprayed bullets at crowds of worshippers observing Friday prayers. At least 49 people died, with dozens more reported injured.

The Ontario police forces say they have not received reports of threats or suspicious activity at local places of worship, but say there will be a “heightened police presence” around the facilities in the coming days.

On behalf of @TorontoPolice I want to send our condolences to those impacted by the heinous attacks in New Zealand. Please be assured that police officers will be patrolling your communities today, visiting mosques and other places of worship, to ensure everyone’s safety

— Mark Saunders (@marksaunderstps) March 15, 2019

Many also say they have been in touch with community leaders to express solidarity and provide reassurance that safety is a top concern in light of the attacks.

“I want to send our condolences to those impacted by the heinous attacks in New Zealand,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders wrote on Twitter. “Please be assured that police officers will be patrolling your communities today, visiting mosques and other places of worship, to ensure everyone’s safety.”

A similar message was issued by York regional police, who said uniformed officers would be on hand to reassure people anxious about pursuing their ordinary routines.

Their actions drew thanks from the mayor of Markham, Ont., one of the northern Toronto cities in the region.

“Thank you … for always helping us feel safe and secure,” Frank Scarpitti wrote in a tweet. “People of all faiths should be free to worship freely without fear. We stand with New Zealand and Muslim communities here and around the world during this difficult time.”

Thank you @YRP for always helping us feel safe and secure. People of all faiths should be free to worship freely without fear. We stand with New Zealand and muslim communities here and around the world during this difficult time. https://t.co/jaOIbC92bg

— Mayor Frank Scarpitti (@frankscarpitti) March 15, 2019

In Hamilton, police said they had increased their presence at all area mosques and other places of worship …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel

      

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