New Zealand mosque attacks death toll hits 50

New Zealand mosque attacks death toll hits 50

New Zealand mosque attacks death toll hits 50

Tarrant, who allegedly live-streamed the attack on social media and published a 74-page manifesto describing his anti-immigrant motivations, appeared in court in Christchurch on Saturday, and was charged with murder. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos.

Friday's attack, which Ardern labelled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.

The Fijian rugby team also expressed their solidarity with the people of New Zealand after the attacks.

To carry out his attack, Tarrant, who first acquired a gun license in 2017, used two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm. The scale of the tragedy and the task still ahead became clear as supporters arrived from across the country to help with the burial rituals in Christchurch and authorities sent in backhoes to dig new graves in a Muslim burial area that was newly fenced off and blocked from view with white netting.

The tragic attack saw 41 people killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, whilst seven others were killed at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and one person died later at Christchurch Hospital.

At Hagley College, a school across a park from the Al Noor mosque where more than 40 people were killed, a makeshift support center was set up on Sunday. Bush said he believes the officers prevented further deaths "and risked their lives doing so".

The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan.


"As Christians we Cook Islanders have come to accept the church as a place of refuge, of safety and of comfort".

None of those arrested by the police had been on any watchlists of the authorities either in New Zealand or in Australia, Ardern argued.

Ms Yasmin Ali, a Christchurch resident, told New Zealand's 1 News that she lost a close family friend who she loved like a grandfather and now fears she could be targeted just for wearing her headscarf in public. The 36 people who had been injured also included two Indian nationals and two persons of Indian origin.

She said, "The mere fact... that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that". "The people of New Zealand are in our thoughts and prayers". And at a news conference later on Friday, according to a pool report, one reporter asked the president if he saw a rise in white nationalism around the world. The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons. New Zealand´s prime minister vowed to toughen the country´s gun laws after revealing on March 16 that the man accused of murdering 49 people in two mosques legally purchased the arsenal of firearms used in the massacre.

"Unfortunately, we are all too familiar with the devastating effect a mass shooting has on a faith community", said Meryl Ainsman, chair of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

"My message was, "Sympathy and love for all Muslim communities".

"She was engaged, she was concerned, she knew what to say", one of the attendees said.

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