NICOLA Sturgeon has reached out in solidarity to Scottish Muslims as the world reacted in horror to the far-right terror attacks in New Zealand.

The first minister visited Glasgow Central Mosque on Friday as worshippers came to terms with the murder of 49 people at Friday prayers in Christchurch.

Ms Sturgeon said: “On behalf of the Scottish Government and the people of Scotland I extend my thoughts to the people of New Zealand and everyone affected by the horrific attacks in Christchurch.

“We must stand against Islamophobia and all hate. Scotland’s diversity is our strength and we value and appreciate our relationships with our diverse faith communities and welcome their contribution to our society.”

Scottish Labour MSP Anas Sarwar said: “This terrorist attack is designed to divide our communities, but an attack on one is an attack on all.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand following the news of this terrible act in Christchurch.

“ NZ is one of the most peaceful, peace-loving and generous nations in the world.

“Your friends in the UK stand with you today in deepest sympathy.”

Indonesia’s foreign minister Retno Marsudi said : “Indonesia strongly condemns this shooting act, especially at a place of worship while a Friday prayer was ongoing.”

Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, said six nationals were inside the mosque when the attack occurred, with three managing to escape and three still unaccounted for.

Iman Atta from UK-based Anti-Islamophobia group Tell MAMA said: “We have said time and time again that far-right extremism is a growing problem and we have been citing this for over six years now.

“Anti-Muslim hatred is fast becoming a global issue and a binding factor for extremist far-right groups and individuals. It is a threat that needs to be taken seriously”.

American President Donald Trump, who has previously threatened to ban Muslims from entering his country, said: “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”