The Catch-up: Police to step up patrols of UK mosques after New Zealand terror attack

What happened?

Mosques in the UK will have an increased police presence following a terror attack targeting Muslims in New Zealand in which 49 people were slaughtered. The head of counter-terror police, Neil Basu, said he was horrified by the attack. “We will be stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faith”, he added. Mosques in London, Manchester, Birmingham and other cities will see additional patrols.

References to Britain

The measures were announced following the massacre in New Zealand. The suspect, a man who identified himself in a livestream of the shootings as an Australian man named Brenton Tarrant, appears to have written a 74-manifesto published online in which he justified the shooting. The manifesto features a series of questions and answers and contains numerous references to Britain. He describes himself as an “ordinary White man, 28 years old. Born in Australia to a working class, low income family”. He said he came from “Scottish, Irish and English stock”. 

The manifesto, which quotes three British poets, also calls for London Mayor Sadiq Khan, whom he calls a “Pakistani muslim invader”, to be killed. And he writes that he supports “many of those that take a stand against ethnic and cultural genocide”, including Finsbury Park mosque attacker Darren Osborne. It also cites the rape of British women by “European women invaders” and includes links to the Rotherham sex abuse scandal.

As well as the UK, French authorities are stepping up security measures around religious sites.

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Police step up patrols of UK mosques (The Independent)
What we know about the shootings so far (Sky News)
Profile: An ‘ordinary white man’ – inspired by Breivik (The Telegraph)
Anger as graphic video of massacre is shared online (Yahoo News UK)

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