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US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has expressed support for the victims of Friday’s massacre of Muslims by a heavily armed Australian white supremacist gunman at two mosques in New Zealand.
But she said on Friday that the devastating attack that killed an estimated 49 people in Christchurch would not force Muslims to “live in fear.”
Omar, who along with Representative Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim women elected to the House, said that she would attend Friday prayers and called on others to do so as well.
“Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. This is chilling news to wake up to. In the face of this horror, I’m mourning with, and holding our community extra close today,” Omar wrote.
“We must not live in fear. I will be at Jumu’ah today and I hope others will too. Jummah Mubarak,” she added.