Aberdeen man living in New Zealand describes ‘horrific’ aftermath of Christchurch attack

16 March, 2019, 16:39 | Author: Myra Gill
  • The Canterbury Crusaders are based in Christchurch where 49 people were killed in a terrorist attack on Friday

Christchurch A one-time gym trainer from rural Australia who became steeped in neo-fascist ideology during travels in Europe, Brenton Tarrant described himself as an "ordinary white man" - until he became anything but ordinary. He has been charged with murder, though police said they expect further charges to be laid.

During the appearance, the suspect allegedly flashed an "OK" hand gesture during the court appearance.

CHRISTCHURCH, March 16 ― The main suspect in New Zealand's worst peacetime mass shooting meant to continue the rampage before he was caught by police, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today.

Her fellow countrymen seemed to want to prove her right by volunteering acts of kindness. "If they are not of our people, but live in our lands, they must be removed".

Wearing a black scarf over her head, Ardern hugged members of the Muslim community at a Christchurch refugee centre, saying she would ensure freedom on religion in New Zealand.

Thirty nine people remain in hospital, 11 of whom are in critical condition in an intensive care unit. We, New Zealand, we were not a target because we are a safe harbour for those who hate.

Jahangir, his wife, and their two children moved to New Zealand from India, Shaik said.

"My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy".

An Aberdeen man who fled for his life after chaos erupted all around him in the wake of the New Zealand terrorist attack said he fell into a "complete panic" soon after the shooting began.

A police spokesperson in the Australian state of New South Wales said Tarrant's family have been "assisting and cooperating" with authorities. He said he was not a member of any organization, but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.

The Highlanders vs Crusaders clash is one of the biggest in the Super Rugby schedule for both sides
The Highlanders vs Crusaders clash is one of the biggest in the Super Rugby schedule for both sides

Nearby, Akhtar Khokhur leaned on the shoulders of her friend and cried as she held up her cellphone with an image of her husband.

'And we need to be accepting of everyone, because no matter who they are they are a part of us, ' she said, her father Neil by her side. The couple was due to fly out Sunday. They have not heard from him since.

Many on social media reacts with disgust at the mosque attacks questioning what will be the reaction of the whole world if the shooting is done by some Muslims.

Two other people arrested are yet to be charged. 48 people were injured in the terrorist attack that was carried out during Friday prayers at Al Noor Masjid and a smaller mosque in Linwood. He spent more than two minutes inside the Al Noor mosque spraying terrified worshippers with bullets, coldly executing some people he'd already mowed down, before calmly reloading and even swapping rifles.

Officers also discovered explosive devices in a vehicle, which were defused.

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

Condemning the terror strike, Ardern had described it as a "terror attack" and said it "appears to have been well planned".

Tarrant had worked as a personal trainer, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company.

The massacre by at least one gunman during Friday prayers in the city of Christchurch is the country's worst ever mass shooting and was condemned throughout Asia. "I am very sorry to miss your calls and text messages.I am really tired.please pray for my son, me and my daughter.I am just posting this video to show you that I am fully ok", said Wasseim Alsati, who was reportedly shot three times. But it has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world.


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