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Saudi citizen injured in New Zealand mosque attacks

Gulf states condemn the mosque attacks in New Zealand that killed at least 49 worshippers during Friday prayers

Saudi citizen injured in New Zealand mosque attacks
TOPSHOT The New Zealand national flag is flown at halfmast on a Parliament building in Wellington after a shooting incident in Christchurch. (MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Gulf states, including rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar, closed ranks in condemning the mosque attacks in New Zealand that killed at least 49 worshippers and wounded dozens during Friday prayers.

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and home of its holiest sites, condemned "in the strongest terms possible the shootings at two mosques" in the city of Christchurch.

The foreign ministry said one Saudi citizen was lightly wounded in the attacks but was recovering.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates also all condemned the mosque attacks which have sparked global revulsion.

The UAE's foreign ministry said Abu Dhabi stood in "full solidarity with the friendly state of New Zealand to confront extremism and terrorism and... safeguard the security and the safety of its citizens and all residents".

Bahrain said the killings ran "contrary to all religious principles, morals and human values".