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Edmonton police patrolling local mosques during Friday prayers: Alberta Muslim council

The Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council (AMPAC) posted on Facebook while there is no known threat, Edmonton police would be patrolling local mosques during Friday prayers, after the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Forty-nine people were killed and others seriously hurt at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

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One man in his late 20s was charged with murder in connection with the incidents, the commissioner of the New Zealand Police said.

Three people were arrested — one of them born in Australia — after an active shooter situation led to “significant” fatalities at the mosques during Friday prayers. Police said a fourth person was arrested on Friday but that was “not related to these events.”

Police are still trying to determine how the other two who were taken into custody are linked to the shooting.

LISTEN BELOW: Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council communications vice president Adil Hassan discusses the terrorist attack in New Zealand that left 49 people dead. 

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AMPAC’s Facebook post included a message from Edmonton Police Service Supt. Chad Tawfik to the council, confirming police officers would be monitoring local mosques Friday morning.

“I have requested that divisional patrols pay particular attention to the various mosque locations in Edmonton,” Tawfik’s message read.

“I will also be encouraging the divisional commanders to have our members attend and/or drive by in conjunction with Friday prayers.

“This is not due to any known local concern but rather, proactive patrols to hopefully reduce concerns that people may feel.”

AMPAC also said there is a problem with Islamophobic alt-right groups in Alberta.

“The Soldiers of Odin, and the III% continue to operate unimpeded in our streets,” the Facebook post read. “We will continue to work to ensure that real action is taken to deal with these hateful organizations.”

On Twitter, Alberta politicians condemned the attacks and expressed support for those who were impacted.

AMPAC’s mandate is to create engagement and anti-racism efforts in Alberta, as well as be a voice for the Muslim community in the province.


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