Patrols around mosques and “all houses of worship” have been beefed up in Boston in wake of the horrific terror attack in New Zealand, police said this morning.
Sgt. Detective John Boyle told the Herald today patrols and “directed patrols” have been increased around city mosques, temples, churches and any other house of worship to help guard against copycat attacks. He said police Commissioner William Gross ordered the stepped-up security as a precaution.
At least 49 people were killed and 48 others were hospitalized as a result of the attacks today in New Zealand.
The man who live-streamed himself slaughtering worshipers in Christchurch has been identified as a 28-year-old personal trainer from Australia who described himself as a “regular white man,” the Guardian is reporting.
The Massachusetts State Police report they are also increasing patrols — but they stressed “at this time there are no specific credible threats to any mosques or other houses of worship in Massachusetts.”
State police spokesman Dave Procopio added: “Massachusetts State Police field units will maintain their usual high alert levels for any suspicious activity in their patrol areas, and, where applicable, increase frequency of patrols around mosques and other religious facilities. We express our condolences to the victims, their loved ones, and the communities impacted by these violent acts.”