New Zealand prime minister says shooting suspect was a licensed gun owner

Lewis Collier
March 16, 2019

Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch.

Restoring Family Links: Local authorities are asking people to share this website where people in the community can connect with loved ones, register missing persons, or mark themselves safe. "For people of all religions and of none, a red line has been crossed".

"We stand in solidarity with Muslims around the world in their shock, grief and outrage in the wake of these despicable attacks", said President Gertler, offering his condolences to U of T's Muslim community, and in particular the Muslim Students' Association.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the attack as well and offered his support to those grieving.

Hundreds of angry protesters in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, chanted "Allahu akbar!"

New Zealand police described the footage shot by the gunman - which AFP has verified, but is not distributing - as "extremely distressing" and warned web users that they could be liable for up to 10 years in jail for sharing such "objectionable content".

"Attacking people during prayers is absolutely appalling, and Canada strongly condemns today's shootings in New Zealand", he wrote on Twitter.

A man in his 20s has been charged with murder and will soon appear in court, according New Zealand's police commissioner.

The prime minister said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and acknowledged many of those affected may be migrants and refugees.

"Enough is enough. Every time they're silent, it says to us that they are the ones part of the problem... they are the problem".

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"We have some politicians who have continued to debate whether we should use the term Islamophobia and at the same time engaging in anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim fear mongering", he added.

Tarrant states in his writings that he took inspiration from many others, but most notably from Anders Breivik, a Norwegian far-right terrorist who killed eight people in an Oslo auto bombing in July 2011 in addition to shooting dead 69 other individuals at a summer camp for youth members of Norway's Labor Party.

Ambulance staff take a man from outside the mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has issued a revised statement on the terrorist attacks in New Zealand after being criticized for not mentioning that the attack was against Muslims at mosques during their Friday prayers.

In a tweet, Owens responded by saying that if the media portrayed her as the inspiration for the attack, it had better hire lawyers.

He said he never would have expected anything like this could happen in Christchurch.

The Palestinian chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, called the attack a "consequence of racist ideologies that continue trying to promote religious wars".

The shootings occurred at two different mosques in two separate locations, and police advised mosques across the country to "shut their doors".

A vigil was held at Nathan Phillips Square to honour the victims of two mass shootings at New Zealand mosques.

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