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Man sacked and deported from UAE for praising Christchurch mass shooting

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AFP Dubai - United Arab Emirates Mar 20, 2019, 04.34 PM (IST)

An employee at a Dubai-based security company was fired and deported for celebrating the deadly New Zealand mosque attacks under a fake identity on Facebook, the group said Wednesday.

"Over the weekend, a Transguard employee made inflammatory comments on his personal Facebook account celebrating the deplorable mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand," the Transguard security group said in a statement.

"Despite posting under a false name, the employee responsible for last weekend's inflammatory (Facebook) comments has been identified, terminated as per Transguard policy and handed over to the authorities."

Transguard, which is affiliated with the Emirates Group that includes Emirates Airline, said the man had been deported by the UAE government.

It did not name him or reveal his nationality.

An Australian white supremacist shot dead 50 Muslims praying at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

The attacks sparked global revulsion and drew condemnation from the United Arab Emirates.

In a statement following the attacks, the foreign ministry said the UAE 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".