Tuesday, 26 March, 2019

Christchurch attacker meant to continue rampage when arrested, says PM

49 Dead In 'Terrorist Attack' At 2 Mosques In Christchurch, New Zealand New Zealand Attack: What We Know
Herman Weaver | 16 March, 2019, 11:41

The suspect is expected to appear in Christchurch District Court on Saturday morning local time, according to New Zealand Police. Police said more charges would follow.

Two other people were in custody and police said they were seeking to understand whether they were involved in any way.

Labelling the attack as an act of terrorism, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to reform the country's gun laws.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an Australian national arrested after the attack was an "extremist, right-wing violent terrorist".

"I want to send our condolences to those impacted by the heinous attacks in New Zealand", Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement released Friday.

Yousef Wahb, Imam of youth, education and outreach, speaks on Friday about the 49 people killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, while the president of the Windsor Islamic Assocation, Mirza Baig, left, looks on. Another 48 people suffered gunshot wounds in the attacks.

Police said the alleged shooter was arrested in a vehicle, which was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called. He did not say whether police believed the same shooter was responsible for both attacks.

"Part of that is addressing those types of things and fears that might be present now within the Muslim community of Saskatoon", he said. Among the five victims was 11-year-old Ebba Akerland.

"They are us", she said.

People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

Dressed in a white prison tunic, handcuffed and flanked by two police officers, Tarrant stood passively in the dock. The attackers specifically targeted Muslims. One person has been arrested and charged with murder. But it has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world.

The suspected gunman got a "category A" firearms license in 2017, and began stockpiling weapons legally at that point, Ardern told reporters on Saturday.

Service at a mosque in Gibsonia
Service at a mosque in Gibsonia

Ardern said the country's gun laws will change as a result of the carnage, but she did not specify how. In fact, for many, New Zealand was a choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to, the place they were raising their families, where they were part of communities they loved and who loved them. "Our message to communities here in Canada is to review the security measures that they have in place", Gardee said.

"I think there is a growth in online hate that I think governments and communities around the world are struggling with - how can they effectively tackle [that] while at the same time ensuring we protect our very hard-won and cherished right to free expression", he said.

Before Ms Ardern's announcement, former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark told the ABC that while the country had gun control, there was room for improvement.

"As I prayed today, I thought this could be me, or my grandchild, or my daughter", Elbardouh said.

British journalist and BBC presenter Shaimaa Khalil also criticised the same headline and condemned the Daily Mail for the use of similar language, referring to Tarrant as the "ordinary white man" in its headline on Friday.

At least 49 people have died, seven at Linwood Masjid Mosque and 41 at Masjid Al Noor Mosque. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos.

"I saw dead people everywhere". The public was being urged to stay indoors.

In the video, the killer spends more than two minutes inside the mosque spraying terrified worshippers with gunfire.

"The shooting started slow and then it was much faster". "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives off before police even arrive.

At first, Mr Taylor and his colleagues had no idea what was happening, initially believing the alarms, sirens and general panic sweeping through the New Zealand city were signs of another quake, similar to the 6.2-level seismic disaster that destroyed massive swathes of the city in 2011.

The gunman live-streamed the assault on Facebook from a head-mounted camera, and the footage showed how victims were killed inside one of the mosques. "Not only the perpetrators, but also politicians & media that fuel the already escalated Islamophobia and hate in the West are equally responsible for this heinous attack", he tweeted.

In Europe, German Chancellor Merkel mourned "with the New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques".

Jazz owner Gail Miller issues statement regarding National Basketball Association code of conduct
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