New Zealand PM Says Got "Manifesto" From Gunman "9 Minutes Before Attack"

Cheryl Sanders
March 17, 2019

The 28-year-old Australian man accused of yesterday's terror attack that left at least 49 people dead in Christchurch has appeared in court this morning, charged with murder. Officials say forty-one people died at the Al Noor Mosque, and seven were killed at the Linwood Mosque, a 10-minute drive away.

At Hagley College, a school across a park from the Al Noor mosque where more than 40 people were killed, a makeshift support centre was set up today.

Others from the Middle East and Asia were also killed in the attack, according to foreign government reports. We wish this did not happen.

"I convey the message of love and support on behalf of New Zealand to all of you", she said.

In a statement, Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama also expressed his shock at the shooting and sympathy for the victims.

A spokesman said the email did not describe the specific incident and that there was "nothing in the content or timing that would have been able to prevent the attack". Witnesses said victims were shot at close range.

Tarrant on Saturday was charged with only one count of murder, though Prime Minister Ardern assured the public that more charges will be added as the judicial process continues.

Dr Faisal, in a Twitter post, had said that Rashid and his son would be buried in Christchurch for which arrangements had been made with the assistance of Muslim and Pakistani associations in the city.

He liked non-Muslim fighters who fought against the Muslims.

"This act of terror was brought to our shores and rained down upon us".

The Prime Minister said the advice she had received from police indicated that the timing of the email and the information it contained did not provide enough time for response. "We will do whatever we can to help them heal and rise above this awful tragedy". "Prayers go to the victims and their families", he had tweeted.

Around Christchurch, New Zealand and the world there have been vigils, prayers, memorials and messages of solidarity.

Police stand guard at Christchurch Hospital.

"We deeply mourn loss of all other innocent lives including people of Indian origin".

According to a recent report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), domestic extremists killed 50 people in the United States a year ago - an overwhelming majority of which were perpetrated by right-wing extremists.

He said they were praying "to our God of all peoples and of all cultures for peace, tolerance and good will".

The shootings have raised new questions about violence being disseminated online.

"We we are sending out Pacific music of healing and hope for our Muslim communities in Aotearoa".

"The families are sad but they are getting a bit frustrated".

Meanwhile, the final day of the Auckland secondary schools dance festival Polyfest was cancelled following the attacks.

"It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it following the experience that we had here", Tamim said on Saturday.

"They [cancelled it] for the sake of safety of the students and safety of our community".

He also praised the two officers who arrested Tarrant.

Aupito said festival organisers have contacted schools about the decision.

Other reports by iNewsToday