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MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES WERE TARGET: PM ARDERN

From Our Correspondent, Christchurch: Most of dead in the dastardly terrorist strike at two places of religious worship in Christchurch are migrants and refugees from South East Asian countries like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Police commissioner Mike Bush mentioned that 30 people have died in Al Noor while 10 persons died at Linwood Islamic Centre. Most of the dead are from migrants from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. They had arrived in New Zealand for better opportunities, claimed a survivor who did not wish to be named as his visa has expired long ago and he had overstayed after getting a job at a local place. PM Jacinda Ardern spoke of the attacker’s motivation, saying the victims might include refugees and migrants. “They are us,” she said, before saying the perpetrator “has no place in New Zealand. Initial investigations by New Zealand police indicated that the attackers had targeted the migrants and refugees.

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