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Heightened security at NYC mosques after New Zealand shootings

Posted at 6:05 AM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 06:05:40-04

NEW YORK — Security has been heightened at mosques across New York City after gunmen opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand.

"Extra NYPD officers have been deployed to visit Mosques through NYC during early morning (Fajer) prayers," the NYPD tweeted. "The NYPD is committed to the safety of all houses of worship, and the freedom to practice your religion freely without any fear.#Christchurch"

Mayor Bill de Blasio added that there is no specific or credible threat to mosques throughout the city and "New Yorkers heading to prayer can be confident that their city will protect them."

At least 49 people were killed during Friday worship at Christchurch, in what New Zealand’s prime minister is calling “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

One person has been charged, two others were detained and explosive devices were defused in what appears to be a carefully planned racist attack.