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Las Vegas police step up patrols at local mosques

Posted: 8:00 AM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-16 06:55:19Z

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police are increasing patrols after gunmen opened fire in two mosques in New Zealand, killing at least 49 people.

The attack was coordinated and unprecedented, shocking the usually peaceful nation and the world.

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The Islamic Information Center of Las Vegas reacted to the news, releasing a statement this morning.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand who lost their lives in recent terror attacks on mosques. May Allah SWT protect us all from evil. Ameen

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Authorities are working to keep worshipers safe in the Las Vegas valley by increasing patrols at local mosques.

Friday evening, UNLV hosted a vigil to honor the lives lost in the tragedy.

The event was open to the public.

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