Jakarta: Vice President Jusuf Kalla condemned today's terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed at least 49 people and injured dozens others.
"Let's pray for the victims. I strongly condemn the attackers," the former Golkar Party chairman told the press on Friday.
"New Zealand people and their government are very tolerant. There are a lot of mosques there," the Buginese politician noted.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has expressed condolences for those affected by the terror attacks. He has intsructed the Foreign Affairs Ministry to sent a team to Christchurch.
"We strongly condemn these attacks. We convey our deepest condolences," President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo told journalists this afternoon.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry earlier confirmed that at least two Indonesians were injured in the attacks. It also revealed that the two victims are father and child.
"The father is receiving intensive case. The child is treated at the same hospital," Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir said at his office today.
The Embassy of Indonesia in Wellington is following every development of this case. It has contacted local security authorities, hospitals, as well as the Indonesian Student Association.
There are 331 Indonesian citizens living in Christchurch, including 134 students. The distance between Wellington and Christchurch is approximately 440 kilometers.
The Government of Indonesia advises all Indonesian citizens in New Zealand to remain alert and safe. Families and friends who need further information and consular assistance may contact the Embassy of Indonesia in Wellington at +64211950980 and +64 22 3812 065.