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

Blanche Robertson
March 17, 2019

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.

Huge piles of flowers were laid at sites near the mosques and passersby of all faiths stopped to pay respects.

"The magnitude of this is the thing that is the most significant issue for people".

Rashid, a resident of Jinnahabad in Abbottabad and a professor in New Zealand, was present at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch when a terrorist opened fire at the worshippers.

Some of the victims have survived civil wars in their home countries, only to die in one of the quietest countries at the other end of the world. It appeared from the video that he had attempted to stop the assailant as he gunned victims down in the mosque.

Islamic custom dictates that the dead should be buried within 24 hours of death, but the complex investigation into the massacre of 50 worshippers during Friday prayers made a quick process hard. "My nephew was a student", he said.

"This is not something that we expected to see in our environment", he told reporters. "Then he went to the mosque as usual", he said.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said officers had finally been able to share a list of victims with families, something delayed by the need for careful police work and the sheer scale of the tragedy.

"We stand ready to extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch". That brings the number of Pakistanis killed to nine.

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He added, two other people arrested near to where the massacres happened are not believed to be involved in the attacks. A fourth person who was apprehended but has since been released as he "was a member of the public who was in possession of a firearm, but with the intention of assisting police".

None of those arrested had previous criminal records.

"I'm so proud of what they've done", he said.

In the manifesto, which was also posted online, Tarrant described himself as "Just a ordinary White man, 28 years old" who used profits from cryptocurrency trading to finance extensive travels through Europe from 2016-2018.

The Pacific Music Awards organisation in New Zealand also expressed its shock and solidarity over the shootings.

Bob Parker, a former Christchurch mayor, said it was unclear why security agencies weren't aware of the threat Tarrant posed.

The video, which was live-streamed on Facebook, has since been removed from the platform.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to change the country's gun laws and to uncover how a noted extremist legally purchased two semi-automatic weapons, reportedly AR-15s, two shotguns and a lever-action gun without drawing the attention of the authorities.

New Zealand has in the past tried to tighten firearm laws, but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied such efforts.

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