Notorious Gang Pledges To Stand Outside New Zealand Mosque To Protect Worshippers
The Waitkato Mongrel Mob has pledged to stand outside a mosque in New Zealand following the devastating terror attack in Christchurch that claimed 50 lives.
Gang president Sonny Fatu says he and his men will protect worshippers inside the Jamia Masjid Mosque in Hamilton.
He's told Stuff: "We will support and assist our Muslim brothers and sisters for however long they need us.
'We were contacted by a representative who tagged me in and said some of our Muslim brothers and sisters have fears for Friday during their prayer, and the question was posed whether we could be apart of the safety net for them to allow them to pray in peace without fear."
Waikato Muslim Association president Dr Asad Mohsin said he's appreciative of the pledge of support.
While the gang won't be armed, they will be out in force to ensure there isn't a repeat of Friday's terror attacks at two mosques.
The Waitkato Mongrel Mob were pictured hugging people outside the Hagley College in Christchurch at the same event as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The gang greeted mourners and appeared to console some of their fellow attendees. After the visit, Ardern travelled to a hospital at which 39 people are being treated from injuries. She also visited Canterbury refugee centre and wore a black headscarf as a mark of respect.
On Saturday, Ms Ardern said that her main goal and focus was to return the bodies of victims to their families in order to allow them time and space to grieve properly.
She also spoke with families who are trying to locate missing relatives after the sickening attack.
"This is not the New Zealand they know," she said after the event.
"This is not the New Zealand that has welcomed them and that it is not a reflection of the New Zealand they know, and that sentiment came through very strongly."
As well as speaking with the families of the dead, the Prime Minister spoke to survivors from the attack. The two mosques were full as the attacks occurred just after Friday prayers had started.
The shooting was allegedly carried out by far-right terrorist Brenton Tarrant.
Tarrant - an Australian citizen - live-streamed chilling footage of the attack as it was in progress. He was arrested by police afterwards along with three other people.
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