Saturday, 23 March, 2019

New Zealand shooting: Teacher who tried to take weapon from gunman dies

The Canterbury Crusaders are based in Christchurch where 49 people were killed in a terrorist attack on Friday The Canterbury Crusaders are based in Christchurch where 49 people were killed in a terrorist attack on Friday
Ellis Copeland | 16 March, 2019, 15:44

Nabi is survived by four sons, one daughter and nine grandchildren who he loved "immensely", said Omar.

The victims of Friday's shooting included immigrants from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

But police and firearms experts have pointed to several loopholes allowing owners to bypass registration of semi-automatics. Everyone rushed home, and we locked the doors and it was only when we put on the news we realised exactly how close we were to the shooting. But the news was trickling down slowly, and many were still waiting for news of their loved ones.

We've seen many politicians come out and they issue blanket statements, they don't refer to Muslims.

While at a press conference Friday at the Islamic Foundation to condemn the deadly attack on two mosques, Faizan Shaik got a call from his mother letting him know his uncle, Ahmed Jahangir, was one of the shooting victims.

While the mass shooting was meant to sow fear and division, President Gertler said, "we hope that ultimately those responsible will fail, utterly, in their vicious pursuit".

There are now four individuals who have been apprehended, but three are connected to this attack who are now in custody, one of which has publicly stated that they were Australian-born.

Rashid, who was originally from Abbottabad in Pakistan, worked for a bank there before moving to New Zealand to work as a teacher.

"At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders", she said in her message.

The Highlanders vs Crusaders clash is one of the biggest in the Super Rugby schedule for both sides
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One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers. None of the bodies had yet been released due to the investigation, leaving families unable to bury their dead within the 24 hours customary in Islam.

Ms Ardern has vowed to change New Zealand's gun laws after confirming Tarrant had obtained a Category A gun licence in November 2017 and "under that, he was able to acquire the guns that he held".

Rules in New Zealand require gun owners to be licensed, but unlike neighboring Australia, laws do not require all weapons to be registered, giving authorities poor oversight of the country's firearms, according to GunPolicy.org.

"Its important to be here standing with you because as Prime Minister Ardern said yesterday, an attack against one is an attack against all of us", Mr Morrison told reporters.

A front page of New Zealand newspaper The Dominion Post reflected the sense of shock and grief: "End of innocence". Tarrant did not apply to have the judge suppress his name from the media, Australian broadcaster ABC reports.

"When people, of course, hear that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that", she said. The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur, as well as a number of high-profile mass shootings in the United States. Ardern said she had spoken to Trump, who had asked how he could help.

Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford strongly condemned the horrifying attack, tweeting, "I join people across Ontario and Canada and stand with all legislators at Queen's Park in condemning this hatred and violence against our Muslim brothers and sisters". "1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror".

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