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OIC to hold emergency meeting after NZ terror attacks

A woman lays flowers to pay tribute at Linwood Ave public vigil, close to the Linwood Mosque shooting area, for victims who lost their lives during twin terror attacks in New Zealand mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 17, 2019. [Peter Adones - Anadolu Agency]
A woman lays flowers to pay tribute at Linwood Ave public vigil, close to the Linwood Mosque shooting area, for victims who lost their lives during twin terror attacks in New Zealand mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on 17 March 2019 [Peter Adones/Anadolu Agency]

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Tuesday said it would hold an emergency meeting later this week to discuss the terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, Anadolu reports.

Coming at the request of Turkey, the meeting slated for March 22 is to be held in Istanbul among at the level of foreign ministers of the OIC Executive Committee.

Secretary General Yusuf al-Uthaymeen is expected to review efforts to raise awareness regarding the threat of Islamophobia and the fight against terrorism.

At least 50 Muslims were killed when a gunman opened fire on worshippers during the weekly Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand.

Four suspects — three men and one woman — have been detained. One suspected has been reportedly released.

READ: ISESCO calls for 15 March to be International Day to Combat Islamophobia 

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