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Turkey's Erdoğan says Muslims will never come to heel

Speaking during an election rally in Turkey's southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday condemned the bloody terror attacks targeting two mosques in New Zealand, that left nearly 50 worshippers dead and dozens of others injured. The president stressed in his speech: "As Muslims, we will never come to heel and never come down to the level of these cowards."

Even in face of Islamophobic attacks, Muslims will never come to heel, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday following twin mosque attacks in New Zealand which killed at least 49.

"As Muslims, we will never come to heel and never come down to the level of these cowards," Erdoğan told a campaign rally in the southeastern Gaziantep province.

Erdoğan's remarks came after attacks targeting worshippers at two New Zealand mosques in Christchurch that also left some 48 wounded -- including three Turkish citizens.

"This killer [behind the attacks] releases a statement targeting our country, our nation, myself, and all Muslims," he added, apparently referring to an online manifesto posted by one of the suspects in the massacre.

Erdoğan added that Turkey will continue to take same stance whenever innocents die, without any discrimination.

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