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Secretary Nielsen Statement on New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Release Date: 
March 15, 2019

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement in response the shootings in New Zealand:

"In the wake of the attack on the two mosques in New Zealand, I want to express condolences and sympathies for those affected by the attacks, and reassure those in this country that the Department of Homeland Security is doing all it can to protect the homeland from violent extremists.

"While we are not aware of any current, credible or active threat domestically, nor of any current information regarding obvious ties between the perpetrators in New Zealand and anyone in the US— the Department is cognizant of the potential concerns members of Muslim-American communities may have as they gather at today’s congregational prayers.

"Communities with concerns should contact their local law enforcement agency, whom we are committed to supporting as they protect local mosques and reassure local community members.

"Additionally, please access and share with others who may be interested a list of useful resources, as well as fact sheets on the Department’s Hometown Security program and Security Assistance for Public Gatherings.

"Religious liberty is a hallmark of this country. Attacks on peaceful people in their place of worship are abhorrent and will not be tolerated. The Department strongly stands with those of all faiths as they seek to worship in peace and we will continue to work with stakeholders to protect the ability of all to worship freely and without fear.

"We will continue to monitor the situation as the response to this tragedy unfolds and investigations continue. Thank you to the many community partners who work closely with the Department as we endeavor to keep our country safe from the threats we face."

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Last Published Date: March 15, 2019
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