ANKARA: People perform a funeral prayer in absentia for those who lost their lives during twin terror attacks in New Zealand mosques, yesterday in Ankara, Turkey. – AFP

NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council adopted a statement proposed by Kuwait, which strongly condemned the New Zealand mosque terrorist attack, in which dozens were killed and wounded, as “heinous and cowardly.” Equipped with a semi-automatic weapon, a shooter opened fire on prayer-goers during Friday prayers at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, killing at least 49 people and wounding many others. Member nations “expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of New Zealand and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured,” read the document, jointly put forward by Indonesia.

Terrorism “constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” added the statement, describing these acts as “criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.” The Security Council highlighted the need to “hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.” It also called on the international community to cooperate with New Zealand authorities on the matter.

Separately, Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem on Friday denounced the terrorist mass shootings that targeted two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. In a press release, he said that this criminal act proves that terrorism has no religion and that the whole world is called upon to cooperate to eradicate the culture of hatred, fanaticism and extremism. Speaker Ghanem expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims and wished the speedy recovery of those injured.

Kuwait’s Ambassador to New Zealand Ahmad Al-Wuhaib had meanwhile confirmed that there were no Kuwaitis among victims. The ambassador has said via phone that there are no Kuwaiti citizens among the casualties, adding that all Kuwaiti students and diplomats in the country were safe. He urged Kuwaitis in New Zealand to take precaution and contact the mission in case they needed any help. – KUNA