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UK officers ready to help after New Zealand shootings, police chief says

FILE PHOTO: Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Neil Basu speaks to the media after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, Britain, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - British counter-terrorism officers are ready to help their counterparts in New Zealand to investigate the shootings at New Zealand mosques which killed at least 49 people on Friday, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer said.

“Our international network of UK counter-terrorism officers will be ready to support our counterparts in New Zealand in responding to and investigating this appalling attack,” Neil Basu, the British National Policing lead for Counter-Terrorism, said in a statement.

Basu said patrols would be stepped up near mosques in the United Kingdom and advice would be given to communities from all faiths about how to protect themselves and places of worship.

Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by William Schomberg