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New Zealand – National Security Threat Increased 15 March

15 marts, 2019

New Zealand has raised its National Security Threat Level from low to high March 15, following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that at least 40 people were killed and 48 others were injured in the attacks on Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid, marking the deadliest attacks in the country’s history. Police have detained four people but say only three are associated with the attacks. Authorities have confirmed that none of the accomplices were on watch lists, and they do not believe there are additional assailants. There are no public reports of an imminent threat of attack in the country.

The government likely raised the alert level out of an abundance of caution as an investigation into the attacks continues. Ardern has labelled the incidents as a terrorist attack; the primary assailant was allegedly a white supremacist and had posted a manifesto online consistent with those views before the attacks began.

Officials will likely maintain heightened security measures across the country in the coming days. Increased security is especially likely near mosques and other religious buildings, government offices, and prominent parks and squares. Police will probably increase patrols at transport hubs; increased scrutiny of travellers is also possible, which could lead to minor delays.

Exercise caution if travelling in areas where heightened security is likely. Consider registering with your diplomatic mission. Follow the instructions of security personnel. Allow additional time to clear security at airports and other major transport hubs. Confirm reservations as a precaution.

If your travel plans are affected by the above or you require further information please contact your HRG Office.

Source: NZ Herald

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