Nations must work together to stop lone wolf attackers, who take inspiration from each other, Nato’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said yesterday, during a visit to a mosque in New Zealand where a gunman killed dozens of people in March.
His comments came as the United States reels from two mass shootings at the weekend that killed 29 people and injured dozens in Texas and Ohio, provoking calls for tighter gun controls and prompting worries over a resurgence of white nationalism and xenophobic politics.
Stoltenberg, making a two-day trip to New Zealand, visited Christchurch, where 51 Muslim worshippers were killed in the attacks on two mosques by a suspected white supremacist.
“These attacks are committed by lone wolves but they are at the same time connected, because they use each other as inspiration and they refer to each other in the different manifestos,” Stoltenberg told state broadcaster TVNZ.
“It highlights that we have to fight terrorism in many different ways, with many different tools.”
The Texas shooter who killed 20 people at a Walmart store expressed support for the Christchurch gunman in his manifesto.
New Zealand authorities have charged Australian Brenton Tarrant with murder following the attacks.