New Zealand gun laws to change: Ardern

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

There are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world. In addition, 48 people have been injured and are now being treated at a Christchurch hospital.

Four people are in custody, including three men and one woman. Forty-one people were killed at one mosque, and seven people were killed at the second mosque. Police urged people to not share the footage and said they were actively trying to remove it from public access. And a victim in one of the shootings died on the way to the hospital. I guess, if you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that's a case. "I thought I'm gone as well".

"The horrific active shooter scenario at a mosque is something we all pray never happens (but) there is no active intelligence that there is any immediate threat in the U.S. But we can not be complacent". He has not been publicly identified by officials. Following the attack, New Zealand's national security level was changed from "low" to "high".

She called the shootings a terrorist attack, one that appeared to have been well planned. She said numerous victims were likely refugees who found a home in the country. Together we will defeat those who seek to destroy our values, our way of life and seek to divide us.

A man got in a verbal dispute with his neighbor before going on a shooting spree with a semi-automatic rifle, killing 13 people.

The first reports of multiple gunshots in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand's South Island, came in around 1:40pm local time.

Western leaders from Donald Trump to Angela Merkel expressed solidarity with the people of New Zealand, deploring what the White House called a "vicious act of hate".

"There is no guarantee the risk is limited to Canterbury and we need all New Zealanders to be extra vigilant", police said in the morning. But as we condemn the horrific terrorist act in New Zealand, we also must commit ourselves to fighting hatred wherever we find it. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.


A 17-minute video taken from a helmet camera showed a shooter in his auto, arming himself, getting out of the vehicle and entering the mosque where he started shooting appeared online, authorities rushing to stop it circulating. The social media platform removed the video and removed the suspect's accounts.

And Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan said in a statement he was shocked and horrified by the attacks, calling them "an assault on humanity throughout the world".

New Zealand and the U.S. are said to be the only developed nations in the world without universal gun registration.

Twitter and Google, which owns YouTube, say they're working to remove any video of the shootings from their sites, as well.

People pay their respects at the memorial service held at the Port Arthur historic site for the 35 victims of the Port Arthur massacre, May 19, 1996.

Former NSW personal trainer Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, appeared in a Christchurch court on Saturday where he was formally charged with one count of murder.

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