Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has revealed her first thought when she heard about the Christchurch shooter was "please don't let it be a Muslim".
The commentator - who is a Muslim herself - said "a part" of her was relieved to hear that it was a "white guy" behind attacks at two New Zealand mosques, which left 49 dead.
"When my husband came in this morning and said 'Oh this happened', my first thought was oh my God, please don't let it be a Muslim," she told talkRADIO's Matthew Wright.
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"He said 'No, it's not what you think. It's a terrorist attack it seems by a white guy', and others. A part of me thought thank God it wasn't one of us."
"Because that would lead to more hate, more attacks?" Matthew asked.
"Yes," Ms Alibhai-Brown replied.
A 28-year-old Australian man, Brenton Tarrant, has been charged with murder following the attack, with three others detained by authorities.
He published a 74-page 'manifesto' online before the shooting, which set out a motive that referenced a “future for white children” and “the existence of our people”.