‘Absolutely his intention’: Christchurch gunman planned further attacks, had other firearms

Blanche Robertson
March 16, 2019

Omar Nabi said his father Haji-Daoud Nabi, 71, who moved to New Zealand from Afghanistan 30 years ago, was among those killed the Deans Ave Mosque in Christchurch yesterday.

Ardern's chief press secretary Andrew Campbell told CNN that the email in a "generic" email account maintained by staff, and was not seen by the Prime Minister. Regardless of whether terrorist attacks are perpetrated by white or Islamist extremists, their narratives must not be enabled through whataboutery.

Security at London mosques was hiked up yesterday after the New Zealand attacker said he was inspired by events in the United Kingdom and wanted Muslim London mayor Sadiq Kahn dead.

Two other people were in custody and police said they were working to understand their involvement. Additionally, New Zealand does not ban the ownership of semi-automatic military-style assault weapons, also in contrast to Australia. Another 48 people were hospitalized. Thirty- six people were still being treated on Saturday, 11 of whom remained in intensive care. And a victim in one of the shootings died on the way to the hospital.

Nearly 50 people were treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds, including young children. One victim posted a Facebook video from his hospital bed, asking for prayers for himself, his son and daughter.

"It's been a pleasure to know you all guys".

"I came to the street, I saw one person got shot on his chest", he said, adding that the ambulance and police then arrived on the scene.

Authorities declined to discuss potential motives for the attack.

We are a proud nation of more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages, and amongst said diversity, we share common values and the one we place the currency on right now and tonight is our compassion and the support for the community of those directly affected by this tragedy and secondly, the strongest possibly condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this. Ardern said some were from Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Cuomo ordered One World Trade Center's spire, the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge and the Kosciuszko Bridge be lit in blue and red tonight to show solidarity with the people of New Zealand and the Muslim community. "I'm not sure how to deal with this".

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Pool via Getty Images Brenton Tarrant, charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre, is escorted in the courtroom Saturday in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Nassar Chahbar, a spoken-word poet and law student, addressed the crowd at the vigil for victims of the New Zealand mosque shootings. 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.

The police commissioner warned anybody who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand on Friday to stay put.

"And that's why we can all stand together in support of our Muslim brothers and sisters who were the specific targets of this attack". None of the bodies had yet been released due to the investigation, leaving families unable to bury their dead within the 24 hours customary in Islam.

Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country where levels of gun violence are low.

"The offender was in possession of a gun licence" obtained in November 2017, and he started purchasing the weapons the following month, she said. After walking back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his vehicle, where the song "Fire" by English rock band "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" can be heard blasting from the speakers.

Leaders across the world, including Queen Elizabeth, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Pope Francis and United States president Donald Trump have sent condolences and condemned the attack.

"It's the time for change", said Ardern.

"My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities", she said she told him.

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