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South Florida law enforcement agencies are taking extra precaution following the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that killed at least 49 people.
Miami-Dade Police said they are monitoring the situation in New Zealand but said there are no known threats to Miami-Dade County.
“Nonetheless, we ask that our community remain vigilant and if you #SeeSomethingSaySomething and contact police,” the department tweeted Friday.
Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina said the department was placing marked police vehicles at local mosques “as a sign of solidarity, and hopefully to provide a sense of safety during this difficult time.”
“Hate is hate. We are deeply disturbed and horrified with the senseless violence perpetrated against worshippers in New Zealand last night. The City of Miami Police Department stands with our communities in mourning for the lives lost,” Colina said in a statement.
Officials say one man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack, and the deadliest in modern New Zealand history. In addition to the dead, health officials said 48 people were being treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds. Injuries ranged from minor to critical.