New Zealand terrorist attacks are a human tragedy: Academician

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Terror attacks involving the mass shootings of worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand were a human tragedy, Head of the Padjadjaran University's National and Global Security Study Center, Yusa Djuyandi, stated.

"The terror incident that took place on Friday morning at two mosques in New Zealand is a human tragedy that should draw strong criticism from all in the global community," Djuyandi noted when contacted from Jakarta on Saturday.

Djuyandi remarked that the reactions of heads of state and government, condemning the incident and calling it an act of terror, demonstrates that the global community is mourning the loss of innocent lives.

Djuyandi believes that the terror attacks in New Zealand should serve as an eye-opener to the grim reality that hardliners or extremists can surface from any group, based on either religion or narrow nationalism.

"This group does not hesitate to terrorize anyone without seeing who the victims are," he pointed out.

Djuyandi emphasized that as part of the global community, Indonesian people need to ensure that the security of every individual is guaranteed and all religious adherents are able to worship freely, devotedly, and without fear.

He expressed hope that the New Zealand terror incident would not stir hostilities among religious groups in any country.

"We also hope that those, who fell victims to the incident, would become martyrs and their families would be granted courage and steadfastness in the face of this tragedy. Hopefully, the perpetrators would receive severe punishment according to the applicable law. Together, we are strong," Djuyandi added. Editing by Eliswan Azly

Source: ANTARA News

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