Christchurch shooting: Charged man named

Cheryl Sanders
March 16, 2019

Ardern said the suspect traveled around the world and was in New Zealand sporadically.

"But in doing so, it was an attack on all peace loving peoples, on all innocent peoples. Together we will defeat those who seek to destroy our values, our way of life and seek to divide us".

Mr Morrison also announced the government will censure Queensland senator Fraser Anning over his comments about the mosque shootings.

Scrawled in English and several Eastern European languages were the names of numerous historical military figures - many of them Europeans involved in fighting the Ottoman forces in the 15th and 16th centuries. "And he should be, frankly, ashamed of himself" he said.

The winners of New Zealand's first-class domestic cricket competition, Plunket Shield, has been decided with a round left, in the wake of the terrorist attack at a mosque in Christchurch.

"I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11", Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media.

People gather at a vigil to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia Pennsylvania US Mar 15 2019. REUTERS  Mark Makela

He and his co-workers had been working at a building site a short distance from the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch when the shooting started.

The New Zealand premier was showered with huge praises internationally for the gesture, which made it clear that New Zealand stood by the Muslim community that was the centre of Friday's horrifying terror attacks rooted in racial as well as religious hatred.

A five-year-old girl was critically wounded and had surgery but remained in serious condition, her uncle, Sabri al-Daraghmeh, told Jordan's al-Mamlaka TV.

On Saturday, thousands of New Zealanders held vigils and attended mosques throughout the country to support the families of those killed.

Survivors could be seen spilling out of two Christchurch mosques on Friday afternoon with blood covering their clothes after suspected terrorist Brenton Tarrant, 28, unleashed hell.

Their primary concern was being able to lay their loved ones to rest. None of them had been on any security watch lists prior to the attack, officials said.

"Both my wife and I were utterly horrified to hear of the most barbaric attacks on two mosques in Christchurch", the statement reads. "I don't think this country, would say that rugby was the most important thing". The inverse of this phenomenon is, of course, that it gives oxygen to the propaganda machine of radical fringe elements spreading hatred against the West and religious minorities in Muslim countries, thus perpetuating an unending cycle of hate.

"The people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance".

One man told how he saw children being shot at the al Noor mosque saying: "There were bodies all over me".

A gunman attacked the mosques on Friday, killing 50 people and leaving dozens badly injured.

Two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and lever-action gun were used in the attacks.

"That's a challenge that we will look to address in changing our laws", she said.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush also praised the officers who brought the massacre to a halt. He briefly appeared in court on Saturday morning, March 16.

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

Tarrant has been remanded in custody until April 5, when he will appear again before the High Court in Christchurch.

He did not speak, but was looking around particularly at the media present. It wasn't immediately clear how or if the two people in custody who weren't charged are connected to the terror attack.

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