'We want to promote harmony in people'

Fergus Dennehy

Rizwan Khan, a prominent member of the Kerry Islamic Community has called on the people of Kerry to show unity and to promote harmony in the face of the latest terror attack that has shocked the world.

50 people, including women and children, were killed on Friday  after a gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand and started shooting - the entire incident was streamed live on Facebook for 17 minutes.

A vigil for the victims of this latest terror attack was held in The Square in Tralee on Tuesday evening. 

Members of the public were invited to stand and take part in a minutes silence for those lost in the Christchurch attack, but also to remember everyone who has been killed in terror attacks all over the world.

"It's not only just for the victims of New Zealand, it's also for the victims of all the terror attacks that have happened over the last few years," said Rizwan.

"It [the vigil] is about promoting the harmony and the love in people that already exists and to resist the agenda's that are trying to destroy our way of life," he continued.

"The only solution is to stand together. Our strength becomes stronger after this and our narrative which has been said multiple times is that to reject this agenda is through unity," he said.

Speaking about his personal feeling about the devastating attack, Rizwan said that this one feels a lot closer to home and nearer to the heart.

"We all do Friday prayers and you just don't expect that kind of thing to happen on prayer day when you are just sitting in the mosque.