Many dead in New Zealand shooting at two mosques during Friday prayers

Angelo Anderson
March 16, 2019

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of Counter Terrorism Policing, said on Friday: "Whilst there is no intelligence linking these appalling events in Christchurch to the United Kingdom, additional uniform patrols will continue in London and nationally over the coming days, focusing on places of worship and specific communities".

Standing between armed police, the former fitness trainer reportedly flashed an upside-down "okay" hand gesture, reportedly a symbol used by white power groups around the world.

Tarrant appeared in a Christchurch District Court on Saturday and was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5. Thirty- six people were still being treated on Saturday, 11 of whom remained in intensive care.

The massacre by at least one gunman during Friday prayers in the city of Christchurch is the country's worst ever mass shooting and was condemned throughout Asia. Yesterday, she said: "We New Zealanders were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone this racism, or because we are an enclave of extremism, we were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things".

"It's outrageous, the feeling is outrageous", he said. Ardern said some were from Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia. Mohan Ibrahim has lived in the country for five years, but says after the attack, he does not feel safe.

The attack led to an outpouring of grief and shock that a white-supremacist fanatic could carry out a terrorist attack on such a scale in a country widely regarded as one of the world's most peaceful.

According to the police, 41 people were killed at Al Noor mosque and seven at Linwood mosque while one injured died in a hospital. "Our hearts are breaking for your loss", read one of the notes marked with a string of x-kisses.

Ardern called on the USA government to show "sympathy and love for all Muslim communities", and told the press that "the person who has committed this violent act has no place here".

The New Zealand premier said that he had been in possession of a "Category A" gun licence obtained in 2017.

Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were found in a vehicle and neutralised by the military, while police raided a home in the southern city of Dunedin, where Ms Ardern said the suspect was based.

Strict gun law reforms received bipartisan political support at the time and there has not been a mass shooting since. He live-streamed footage of him going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting people from close range as they struggled to crawl away.

Two other people were in custody and police said they were working to understand their involvement. One man, 18-year-old Daniel Burrough, has been charged with incitement.

Tributes to the victims poured in from around the world.

In New Zealand Prime Minister Arden was asked if she agreed with his assessment and said simply: 'No'.

But for how long must non-white victims be the proverbial canary in the coal mine before Western governments commit to a serious interrogation of how Islamophobia and other forms of racism are being perpetuated?

"We are in the midst of a surge of right-wing terrorism that has been metastasising in plain sight while generating only a muted response from domestic counter-terrorism authorities", he said.

Ardern's office said the suspect had sent the "manifesto" in a bulk email that included a generic address for the prime minister, the opposition leader, speaker of the parliament and around 70 media outlets a matter of minutes before the attack.

But others weren't as forgiving of the First Family as they pitted her message against Donald Trump's actions, identifying it as "the strongest, most specific condemnation so far from the administration".

Gray's speculation was backed up by a rambling, hate-filled, manifesto Tarrant posted to social media ahead of the Christchurch killings. "That work is already underway".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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