(CBSDFW.COM) – Police departments across North Texas are increasing security at mosques following a terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead and dozens injured.
The deadly mass shooting has hit home in North Texas as police are taking extra precautions in order to help a heartbroken community feel safer.
In Plano, police have added extra patrol units at mosques across the city to provide a sense of relief for people attending services. The department said it has not received any threats to the mosques or the Muslim community.
“We’re in touch with police in Allen and in Plano because we’re on the border. I received an email that although they don’t have have any threat, nevertheless, they’re going to increase the patrol all around this area,” said Suhail Kausar, president of the Amhadiyya Muslim Community, Dallas chapter.
Police in Frisco and Carrollton also confirmed they will be giving extra attention to mosques and will be working with the community to address any concerns.
Fort Worth police and Southlake DPS said they will be increasing patrols as necessary.
Richardson police will look to keep the community feel safer by working with the local mosque of the Islamic Association of North Texas.
“We have open lines of communication and a good working relationship with its leaders. We will continue our partnership to make everyone feel safe and welcomed. In instances like this we will certainly provide a more visual presence in addition to other measures that may be taken should the need arise,” said Kevin Perlich of the Richardson Police Department.
The Islamic Association of North Texas released a statement on Facebook about the attacks:
“We’re speechless after hearing of the acts of terror that unfolded recently in a New Zealand mosque, with many worshippers reported injured or deceased. We pray that Allah SWT (God) grants those who passed away His Rahma (mercy), and that He grants Sabr (patience) to the loved ones that survive them. Ameen.
People of peace around the world will stand united today. We will stand strong – firm in our conviction. We will stand together in solidarity. We will stand in unison against hate, violence, and xenophobia.
The security and well-being of our congregants is our utmost priority. We are monitoring the situation closely, and necessary arrangements are being made.”