Leaders of the National Unity Government, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, in separate statements, condemned the attacks in New Zealand and called them terror and criminal act.
“Terrorist attacks on the mosques (in New Zealand) once again showed that terrorists are not dependent to any religion and they are the enemies of humanity,” Ghani said in the statement.
He stressed the need for global combat against terrorism and said the heinous phenomenon should be eradicated from the world through a joint effort.
Ghani extended his condolences with the government and the people of New Zealand and wished a swift recovery for those wounded in the incidents.
“Sad to hear of the barbaric terrorist attack on Mosques in Christchurch. Terrorism has no religion & no legitimate cause. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the victims of this savage act. We stand in solidarity with New Zealand Gov & people in condemning this crime,” Abdullah said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, former President Hamid Karzai also condemned the attack and said it was a terrorist attack against prayers in New Zealand.
“Terrorism does not have specific geography and neither it is related to a specific group; therefore, all nations in the world should come together for eradicating terrorism and creating a peaceful environment,” Karzai said in a statement.
At least 40 people were killed when at least one shooter opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.
“This is one of New Zealand's darkest days,” said the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, as quoted in a report by CNBC “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”
She said during a news conference that authorities currently believe about 40 people had been killed in the attacks. More than 20 others were seriously injured, she added.
“It is clear that this can only be described as a terrorist attack,” the prime minister said, according to a transcript of her address.
Wahidullah Waissi, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia, says in a tweet that one New Zealand-based Afghan was killed and three others were wounded in New Zealand shootings.