MOSQUES and religious groups across Glasgow and Scotland are being called upon to “urgently review their security arrangements” from today.

The call comes from the Muslim Council of Scotland (MCS), based in Govanhill, and 49 people were killed in shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

The council said it was “deeply saddened” by the terrorist attack and said it “stands in solidarity” with victims, calling the mass shooting “one of the worst seen to date.”

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Dr Muhammad Habib, MCS convenor said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the injured and anyone affected by this tragedy.

“Waking up to this news on the blessed day of Jummah, Friday, has left many in the community distraught and shaken.

“Terrorism has no face or religion.

“Today’s tragedy highlights, however, the horrific consequences of growing Islamophobia and hate.

“We need communities to come together in solidarity in order to defeat those who wish to divide us.”

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MCS added that it is urging members of the public to remain vigilant, but not alarmed, and for mosques and institutes to urgently review their security arrangements.

New Zealand’s police commissioner Mike Bush confirmed the death toll and said a man in his late twenties has been charged with murder.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earlier said at least 20 others had been seriously injured, and described it as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”