PM Khan condemns terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

Dressed in a white prison tunic, handcuffed and flanked by two police officers, Tarrant stood passively in the dock.

According to the Independent, the suspects are alleged to have called people attending Friday prayers at a near-by mosque "terrorists'".

The gunman then walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground.

He added that one of his friends had died of his injuries and another is still in hospital. Abdikina Ali-Hassarn and his family moved to New Zealand from Somalia four years ago and were regular worshippers at the Linwood mosque. "I thought I'm gone as well". In a 74-page hate-filled manifesto published a few days before the massacre, purportedly written by Tarrant, he said he wanted demonstrate that "nowhere in the world is safe".

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said bigotry in Western countries contributed to the attacks on Muslims in New Zealand.

United Kingdom counter-terrorism chief Neil Basu has issued a statement insisting they are monitoring the "varied threats" Britain faces in light of the mosque killings, which New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has described as a "terrorist attack".

Her fellow countrymen seemed to want to prove her right by volunteering acts of kindness.

Images captured by media outlets during that court appearance are being published blurred or pixellated due to an order from the judge who presided over Tarrant's hearing, The New Zealand Herald reports. "We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things". And those values will not and cannot be shaken by this attack. Before Friday's attack, the deadliest shooting in modern history occurred in the small town of Aramoana in 1990, when gunman David Gray shot and killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor. "Our city has changed forever today", Mayor Lianne Dalziel said in a statement.

Nassar Chahbar, a spoken-word poet and law student, addressed the crowd at the vigil for victims of the New Zealand mosque shootings. The other two remain in custody. He claimed to represent Europeans and whites in a battle against immigrants, people he repeatedly described as "invaders". Two other armed suspects were last night being held in custody.

New Zealand is not at home with such bloodshed.

New Zealand's ambassador-designate to the U.S., Rosemary Banks, told NPR that authorities are "convinced this particular event is over". "The refugee issue and multiculturalism have become politicized and securitized in ways we haven't seen before", says Khalil.

People leave messages and flowers outside Christchurch's Botanic Gardens in tribute to the victims of the mosque mass shootings.

"Our prayers are with the families of the deceased, the injured and all others impacted by this tragedy".

"I have asked our agencies this morning to work swiftly on assessing whether there was any activity on social media or otherwise, that should have triggered a response".

There will likely be additional charges, reported CBC News, but the police have yet to release details of what they may be. As New Zealand has stood by us so we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and with Muslims in New Zealand, here in the United Kingdom and around the world. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos. The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur, as well as a number of high-profile mass shootings in the United States. Words can not describe the pain we are feeling for you.

This is a developing story.

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