Local mosque heightens security following New Zealand attacks


The Islamic Association of the Finger Lakes called for higher security measures following the terror attacks in New Zealand.

Officers from the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office monitored the entranceway of the mosque. 

“We had sheriff’s officers and police officers guarding us and providing us with this,” Zaman Marwat, Imam of IAFL in Horseheads, said. “We thank them for that, it’s something that should not be happening in all communities, but unfortunately, that’s where we find ourselves.”

He said the hatred shown in the New Zealand shooting is no different than that of which led to attacks on the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and the Charleston Church shooting

“Not too long ago, Jewish friends were just gunned down in their synagogue, Christians were gunned down in their churches,” Imam Marwat said. “It’s regardless of faith, it doesn’t stop with any particular faith.”

Although a heavier police presence was prevalent in mosques throughout the United States Friday, Imam Marwat asked, “A place of worship is the one place where worshippers should not feel afraid; If those places are not safe, where else can we feel safe?”

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