New Zealand shootings: Book of condolence opens at Belfast city hall

A book of condolence for the victims of today’s shootings in New Zealand is now open at Belfast city hall.

Friday, 15th March 2019, 10:10 am
Updated Friday, 15th March 2019, 2:36 pm
A book of condolence for those who lost their lives in the attacks in New Zealand has been opened at Belfast City Hall. The Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey is pictured with Dr Muhammad Saleem Tareen, a member of the Executive Committee of Belfast Islamic Centre, and Karen Sethuraman, the Lord Mayor's Chaplain. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch killed 49 people on what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.

Belfast’s Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey joined Dr Muhammad Saleem Tareen, a member of the Executive Committee of Belfast Islamic Centre, Karen Sethuraman, the Lord Mayor’s Chaplain, and representatives of all the political parties on Belfast City Council to open the book this morning.

It will be available for signing in the main reception during normal opening hours.

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Police stand outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The city council has previously opened books of condolences for victims of other tragedies in recent years, including the mass shootings in Las Vegas in 2017, the Manchester bombing that same year, and the Paris terror attacks in 2015.

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)