NY State Police to increase patrols near mosques, houses of worship


    Following the terrorist attack by self-avowed white supremacists in New Zealand on Friday, New York State Police will increase patrols near mosques and houses of worship. (WHAM photo - file)

    Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - Following the terrorist attack by self-avowed white supremacists in New Zealand on Friday, New York State Police will increase patrols near mosques and houses of worship.

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he directed troopers to add more security after the attacks. Four suspects shot and killed at least 49 people at two mosques, injuring dozens more in the attacks.

    The Democratic governor said New York will "grieve with the rest of the world" in the wake of the attacks, which are likely rooted in Islamophobia.

    "At a time of great division, we will stand up to hate in all its forms and do everything in our power to protect the safety and wellbeing of all New Yorkers," Cuomo said.

    Dr. Tabassam Javed, president of the Islamic Center of Rochester, issued a statement Friday morning in response to the attacks.

    "We want to convey our deep felt condolences to the hate crime victims of the terrorist act in New Zealand Mosque. The terrorist act at a mosque in New Zealand during prayer services is an ongoing reflection of hate, racism,and ignorance about a peace loving faith practiced by 1.8 billion people in the world. In our own country such horrible crimes have been happening in places of worship in the last few years. Any justification and giving legitimacy to such ideology which encourages the closet racist and haters to act on their impulses in such violent ways should be condemned unanimously.
    Here in America, we need to stand together irrespective of any belief, race or gender, culture or ethnicity against such such ideologies that encourages such hate crimes.
    We at the Islamic Center are thankful to the continuous support from all faith and civic groups expressing solidarity with the local Muslim communities."

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