Extremist ideology have to be defeated, Britain’s Prince William stated throughout a go to to a New Zealand mosque on Friday the place dozens have been killed in a mass capturing final month after earlier assembly survivors of the bloodbath.
William, the Duke of Cambridge, spoke at Al Noor mosque within the South Island metropolis of Christchurch, considered one of two mosques the place 50 individuals have been killed by a lone gunman throughout Friday prayers on March 15.
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Forty-three individuals have been killed at Al Noor mosque.
“What occurred right here was fuelled by a warped ideology that is aware of no boundaries,” William advised an viewers that included Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and different non secular and group leaders.
“Extremism in all its kinds have to be defeated,” he stated.
William made the two-day go to to New Zealand on behalf of his 93-year-old grandmother Queen Elizabeth, New Zealand’s head of state, following a request by Ardern.
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Preceded by a big contingent of police and watched by a police helicopter overhead, he was greeted by Ardern and the imam of Al Noor mosque, Gamel Fouda.
He was as a consequence of go to the Linwood mosque, the place one other seven individuals have been killed, afterward Friday.
“The message from Christchurch and the message from Al Noor and Linwood mosques couldn’t be extra clear. The worldwide ideology of hate will fail to divide us,” William stated.
Fouda thanked the prince for his speech, saying he had proven “we depend.”
A 28-year-old man, a suspected white supremacist, has been charged with 50 counts of homicide over New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass capturing. One other 50 individuals have been wounded within the assaults.
William began his go to on Thursday in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest metropolis, the place he attended an Anzac Day service in remembrance of Australian and New Zealand battle useless.
He later visited the Starship Kids’s Hospital with Ardern to satisfy 5-year-old Alen Alsati, who woke just lately from a coma after she and her father have been wounded within the assault.
Images and a video posted on Kensington Palace’s Twitter account confirmed William sitting on the aspect of the kid’s hospital mattress, surrounded by her household and Ardern.
The lady requested if he had a daughter.
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“Sure, she’s referred to as Charlotte … she’s about the identical age as you,” William replied.
He flew to Christchurch afterward Thursday to satisfy a few of the first responders to the mosque shootings, together with ambulance employees.
“You probably did an unimaginable job on a really dangerous day,” he stated, based on Kensington Palace’s Twitter account.