Obama, Trump Extend Condolences for New Zealand Victims

Former President Barack Obama along with wife Michelle Obama extended their condolences on Friday to the New Zealand people following a mass shooting that took the lives of at least 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch.

“Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms,” the former president tweeted.

The message comes after the shootings left at least 49 people dead and dozens injured.

New Zealand officials said they detained a 28-year-old man identifying himself as the shooter, who also posted an 87-page manifesto online and video of the massacre. The suspect said he is Australian and was radicalized online by right-wing influences.

President Donald Trump condemned the “horrible massacre” and offered U.S. assistance to the New Zealand government.

“My warmest sympathy and best wishes go out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!” Trump tweeted.

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