After expressing compassion and solidarity with the Muslim community, New Zealand’s prime minister is now calling for an in-depth investigation into the role of police in protecting the Muslim community.
Rabat – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tasked a royal commision with making a top-level inquiry into whether security services could have prevented the March 15 terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch.
Jainda told reporters on Monday, “It is important that no stone is left unturned to get to how this act of terrorism occurred and how we could have stopped it.”
She also ordered the royal commision to produce a “comprehensive” report.
The commission will look into ways to prevent terror attacks from happening, the accessibility of semi-automatic weapons, and social media’s role in the attacks.
On March 15, a 28-year-old Australian attacker filmed himself shooting Muslims inside two mosques in Christchurch.
The attacker killed 50 people and injured 50 more.
The incident generated condemnation and shock across the world.
Recently, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) spoke with several members of the Moroccan community in New Zealand who expressed fear over the terror attack.
Moroccan businessman Taoufik El Idrissi said that “all New Zealanders, including members of the Moroccan community, are in a state of shock, and no one is close to forgetting this terrible day.”
“We were leaving our doors open in a country … where we thought to be far from all the evils of the world,” he said.
He added that the lives of all people have “changed” since March 15.
“We need a lot of courage to overcome this ordeal,” he added.
El Idrissi said that he wanted to show solidarity with the victims by traveling more than 300 kilometers from the city of Palmerston to Christchurch to be alongside other members of the Muslim community.
Another Moroccan member of the community, Ahmed Belghashi, said he was only a few kilometers from Al Noor Mosque during the attack.
“I was working at the bank when we knew the terrible news of the terrorist attack.”
He said the atmosphere at the bank was sad.
“The members of the Muslim community feel anguish they have never experienced in New Zealand. The peace that prevailed in this peaceful country no longer exists,” he added.
Adil Bennani, another Moroccan, said, “The faces changed and the smiles on New Zealanders’ faces disappeared.”
With tears and a cracking voice, Bennani said, “We have lost dear friends in these attacks.”
Reports said that the victims of the attacks were aged 3 to 77.