New Zealand: attacks on Christchurch mosques kill 49, injure 48

Saul Bowman
March 20, 2019

Another man, a Fijian-Indian New Zealander who would regularly bring boxes of food from his restaurant during mosque donation drives, was also killed.

Police in New South Wales say they've been speaking to Tarrant's Australian-based family, adding that the family has been "assisting and cooperating".

Brenton Tarrant, the prime suspect in the mass shooting at mosques in New Zealand, visited Pakistan as a tourist in October 2018.

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed, most of whom were born overseas. "We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", Morrison said.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised in the accused gunman's manifesto as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

A gunman stormed two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon, killing at least 50 people and injuring 50 others.

"That is an area in which I am seeking advice", she said.

The gunman meant to continue his attack if he hadn't been stopped, she said. People from over 15 nationalities were killed, according to a list compiled by the Red Cross.

A police officer places flowers at the entrance of Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 17, 2019.

The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle. Judge Paul Kellar did not reveal the victim's name on grounds of undue hardship to his family. He was angry about attacks in Europe that were perpetrated by Muslims.

He also noted that a 4-year-old girl who was transferred to the Starship Hospital in Auckland was still in critical condition.

Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yusuf called on the New Zealand government to investigate "the root cause of such terrorism and hand a hefty punishment to the attackers".

During the Saturday morning hearing, a man who was not in court was charged with using writings to incite hatred against a race or ethnicity, but it was not clear if his case was related to the mosque attacks.

New Zealand authorities say they had no prior information on any of those detained.

Immigration New Zealand has arranged priority processing for the families of those killed or injured in the shootings to obtain visas into the country, and Commissioner Bush said authorities were working "as quickly and sensitively as possible".

"He has been in New Zealand for nearly 12 years now and he owns a restaurant there which offers Hyderabadi cuisine".

"The offender was in possession of a gun license", she said, adding that the guns were purchased in December past year.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after an quake in 2011 killed nearly 200 people.

Ardern outlined that five guns were used by the perpetrator - who held a gun license - out of which two were semi-automatic weapons and two were shotguns.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said.

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