'He leaped on someone to save them': Stories of Christchurch massacre victims

17 March, 2019, 06:12 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Brenton Tarrant appears in court in connection with the terrorist attack in Christchurch New Zealand

We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.

Ardern addressed New Zealanders hours after the attacks-which appears to have been driven by the white nationalist, anti-immigrant, and Islamophobic beliefs of the suspected attacker-to unequivocally call the shooting an act of terror and to say that the suspect had legally obtained the guns he used and had been able to modify them, allowing him to own the weapons without registering them.

The statement added that a range of activities must be completed before names can be released publicly, "this includes next of kin notifications, which, in many cases, will have worldwide aspects to them".

A second survivor, Faisal Sayed, said: "If that hadn't happened, many more would have died and I wouldn't be here now".

"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud.

Questions have been raised about why Tarrant had not appeared on a watchlist of New Zealand or Australian security agencies.

- AP A woman paying her respects to the victims of the attack at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, Saturday, March 16, 2019, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Tarrant reportedly made a "white power" hand gesture during his court appearance.

At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques during midday prayers on Friday and dozens more were wounded, some critically. One victim died in hospital.

Cook Islands prime minister Herny Puna said his country's prayers first and foremost were with the victims of the shooting, "their families, friends and loved ones whe are now faced with the irreconcilable loss of their loved ones". Two others are still in custody.

'Those decisions have yet to be taken, ' he told Radio New Zealand.


A Jordanian man says his 4-year-old niece is fighting for her life after being wounded in the New Zealand mosque shootings.

The Jordanian citizen of Palestinian origin is reported to have moved to New Zealand five years ago and described it as "the safest place one could ever live in".

A four-year-old girl is among those fighting for their lives after the New Zealand mosque massacre.

'I can tell you one thing right now. He said his mother, who was at the Linwood mosque with his father and brother, saw two people shot.

The revelation comes as relatives of those murdered in New Zealand continued to endure an agonising wait for confirmation of the identities of those killed in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Speaking to reporters later, Ardern said the country's gun laws will change in the aftermath of the attack on Christchurch mosques by Brendon Terrant, the Aurtralia-born terrorist behind the carnage. Neighboring Australia has virtually banned semi-automatic rifles from private ownership since a lone gunman killed 35 people with assault rifles in 1996.

Australia imposed stricter rules on gun control and bought back firearms after a mass shooting left 35 people dead and 23 injured at a cafe in Port Arthur, Tasmania, in 1996.

Ardern said she had spoken with Trump, who asked how he could help.

Pence also affirmed USA cooperation in ensuring all the perpetrators were brought to justice.

"I still don't know where he is", she said.

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