Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

Facebook Scrambles to Remove New Zealand Mosque Attacker's Video

Facebook Scrambles to Remove New Zealand Mosque Attacker's Video

A man suspected in at least one of the shootings that killed at least 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand appeared briefly in court. Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.

The prime minister vowed for gun reform in the country in the wake of the attack. He showed no expression as District Court Judge Paul Kellar read one charge of murder to him.

"While work has been done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", Ardern said during the press conference.

Goodale said he would be later speaking to his New Zealand counterpart, Minister of Justice Andrew Little, to offer Canada's support and solidarity.

At a press conference Friday, Police Association President Chris Cahill said that for nearly all of the officers responding, "it will be the biggest and toughest thing they've had to deal with in their career", as NZ Herald reported.

The shootings happened in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.

New Zealand does not ban semi-automatic firearms, unlike Australia and the U.K. (Norway will follow suit in 2021.) And while New Zealand gun owners are required to obtain a license and complete a gun safety course, they do not have to register their guns, with some exceptions, making it impossible for police to know the exact number of firearms in the country.

He said that this could reawaken trauma for some officers - not from a previous shooting incident but from an natural disaster.

Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel tweeted that the tragedy in Christchurch "reminds us that even in the most peaceful places, anger, hate and bigotry still exist".

Political and Islamic leaders across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims.

But the statement was condemned quickly online for failing to specify that the attack was on Muslims, during prayers at mosques.

In a post on Twitter, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said: "Once again, my heart breaks".

Ardern said she had asked authorities to look into whether there was any activity on social media or elsewhere ahead of the attack that should have triggered a response.

Officials say 41 people were killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue, before fire broke out at Linwood Masjid six kilometres away, leaving seven more dead.

The visiting Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting started but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters. "Out of respect for them, now is not the time for a conversation that could been (sic) misconstrued to take place on Parliament Hill".

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