Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49, injure 48 others

17 March, 2019, 12:01 | Author: Myra Gill
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According to a news report by CP24,"the gunman spends more than two minutes inside the mosque spraying terrified worshippers with bullets again and again, sometimes re-firing at people he has already cut down".

Pakistani traders protested to condemn the New Zealand mosque shooting, in Islamabad, Pakistan on Friday. Local schools and public buildings were reportedly placed on lockdown.

Another has died in Christchurch hospital, which is treating more than 40 people.

The Palestinian chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, called the attack a "consequence of racist ideologies that continue trying to promote religious wars". The Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism has reported that 71 percent of the extremist-related fatalities in the United States between 2008 and 2017 were committed by members of the far right or white-supremacist movements, as reported in The New York Times.

"We have one person in custody but we are unsure if there are other people".

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Friday night that a man had been charged with murder.

A police officer patrol at a cordon near a mosque.

"At this stage, we will not be discussing the offenders' possible motivations or the causes of this incident".

He added: "I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly".

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said: "This can only be described as a terrorist attack". "I just lost it".


Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who is New Zealand's head of state, said she was "deeply saddened by the appalling events".

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

New Zealand Police provided an update on the investigation, announcing that evacuations had been ordered at a residence in the city of Dunedin. My first thoughts go to the relatives and families of the victims whose emotion and sadness we share. Spokespeople for Facebook and YouTube said they were working to remove the video.

"We have four people in custody. While we do not have anything to believe at this stage that there were any other suspects, we are not assuming that at this stage".

"Police can now confirm the lockdown of schools throughout Christchurch has been lifted", the police said in a statement. Additionally, explosive devices have been defused by police services.

The bombs have been assessed by the Defence Force and are now safe. Tarrant has been charged with murder.

Three others were apprehended but are yet to be confirmed to be involved with the incident.

Bush said at a news conference Sunday that they found another body at Al Noor mosque as they finished removing the victims, bringing the number of people killed there to 42. Part of the attack which took place at Al Noor Mosque was broadcast live.

In full, Prince Charles said: "Both my wife and I were utterly horrified to hear of the most barbaric attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, which resulted in the cruel and tragic loss of so many people's lives". And a young child who was in a children's hospital in Auckland was also listed as critical.

Javed Dadabhai, who flew from Auckland after learning about the death of his 35-year-old cousin Junaid Mortara, said the Muslim community was being patient.

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