Police presence increased at local mosque after New Zealand attacks

Police have increased security at the Islamic Center of Columbus Indiana in the wake of attacks at two mosques in New Zealand that killed at least 49 people.

Columbus police are not aware of any current threats being directed at the Muslim community locally, said Sgt. Alyson M. Eichel, Columbus Police Department spokeswoman.

“We are going to be increasing patrols at the ISCI in light of the tragic events in New Zealand,” she said. “We are working closely with members of ISCI to monitor the situation.”

Sharif Aljoaba, president of ISCI, said Columbus police officers were stationed in the vicinity of the center on Friday, which helped make worshippers feel safer during Friday’s sermon.

“I have seen police officers at the corners surrounding our center,” he said. “We assured the community that our police department will be helping us.”

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