Trump offers 'sympathy' and support to New Zealand after mosque massacre

Carla Harmon
March 16, 2019

The Christchurch suspect's manifesto also used various hate symbols associated with the Nazis and white supremacy.

The live-streamed attack by an immigrant-hating white nationalist killed at least 49 people as they gathered for weekly prayers in Christchurch.

Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

Police Chief Troy Cooper will also personally visit at least one of the mosques, according to polices spokesperson Cst.

Police said the alleged shooter was arrested in a auto, which was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called.

There are 49 people who were shot to death and 48 others injured after terrorists attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only five million, but the country has had low levels of gun violence. Tarrant, charged with one count of murder, will remain in custody until his next court appearance on April 5.

Service at a mosque in Gibsonia
Service at a mosque in Gibsonia

New Zealand law enforcement is working with Australian intelligence and police in the "wide-reaching" investigation, the commissioner said.

Ardern said the country's gun laws will change as a result of the carnage, but she did not specify how.

Following Friday prayers, Hanan Elbardouh, said when she heard about the attack she felt sick to her stomach.

Meanwhile, outside the court, major roads in the city center are cordoned off with heavy armed police officers on duty. Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several of whom were born overseas.

Whether in the form of "lone-wolf" or coordinated attacks, in yesterday's shooting we see analogues not only in the terrorism against Muslims in the Quebec and Finsbury Park mosque attacks, but in the terrorism against Jews in Pittsburgh, against African-Americans in Charleston, and even against the concept of multiculturalism itself in the 2011 Norway attacks. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and other Islamic leaders pointed to the bloodbath and other such attacks as evidence of rising hostility toward Muslims since 9-11.

"The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch".

"As I prayed today, I thought this could be me, or my grandchild, or my daughter", Elbardouh said.

Currently, New Zealand restricts the purchase of "military-style semi-automatic weapons" to those 18 or older.

I have spoken this evening to the mayor of Christchurch and I intend to speak this evening to the Imam.

Before Friday's shootings in the city of Christchurch, the deadliest attack in the South Pacific country was in 1990, when a person went on a shooting spree in the seaside town of Aramoana that left 13 people dead. "1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror".

On Saturday, the Daily Mail reported that the gunman's grandmother had reacted in disbelief to the incident, describing Tarrant as "a good boy".

"We are a very diverse society, we have over 200 ethnicities, 160 languages.we have been very welcoming to outsiders", Banks said Friday. "Many of the people require multiple trips to the theatre to deal with the complex series of injuries they have".

Ardern said she had asked authorities to look into whether there was any activity on social media or elsewhere that could have alerted them ahead of the attack.

He appeared in court a day after the shootings at the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid mosques.

"I am advised that the hospital is well-equipped and coping well", she said.

Players and members of the team's coaching staff were reportedly on their bus, approaching the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park when the shooting broke out. In fact, for many, New Zealand was a choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to, the place they were raising their families, where they were part of communities they loved and who loved them. The social media platform removed the video and removed the suspect's accounts.

One image shared widely was of a cartoon kiwi, the country's national bird, weeping. "You are in our prayers", the Facebook post reads.

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