March 15, 2019 / 5:10 PM / 6 days ago

U.N. chief calls for better work in fighting Islamophobia after New Zealand attack

FILE PHOTO: Antonio Guterres, United Nations (UN) Secretary General, speaks at a news conference at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 10, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

United Nations (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gueterres is appalled by Friday’s attack on two New Zealand mosques and sees an urgent need to work better globally to tackle Islamophobia, his spokesman said.

Leaders around the world have expressed disgust and sorrow at the killing of 49 people in New Zealand mosques on Friday, with some saying that the demonization of Muslims fueled the attacks.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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