Published: Sun, March 17, 2019

Four in custody following NZ mosque shooting

Four in custody following NZ mosque shooting

Before Friday, New Zealand's worst mass shooting was in 1990 when a gun-mad loner killed 13 men, women and children in a 24-hour rampage in the tiny seaside village of Aramoana.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Australia was grieving with New Zealanders over the 'extremist, right-wing terrorist attack.' He said, "As family members with our New Zealand cousins today, we grieve, we are shocked, we are appalled, we are outraged, and we stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

Police commissioner Mike Bush said 41 people were killed at one mosque and seven at the other.

A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants.

France is home to the largest Muslim minority population in Western Europe and suffered deadly Islamist militant attacks in 2015 and 2016. Innocent people being murdered as they worship is horrific and heartbreaking.

Brenton Tarrant posted a 73-page manifesto on twitter before he started to kill people, he described them as a terrorist attack.

AFP analysed a copy of the Facebook Live video, which shows a clean-shaven, Caucasian man with short hair driving to the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, then shooting as he enters the building.

Satellite navigational audio could also be heard in the video as the gunman drove to the mosque, which AFP tracked on Google StreetView showing his route for the two kilometres (1.2 miles) leading there.

National carrier Air New Zealand canceled at least 17 flights in and out of Christchurch, saying it couldn't properly screen customers and their baggage following the shootings.

A Palestinian man who was in one of the mosques said he saw someone being shot in the head.

On Friday, at least 49 people died after mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

This was to ensure all New Zealand's intelligence agencies were responding in the most "appropriate way" - including at the border.

"It's a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside". He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door. Police also defused explosive devices in a vehicle.

After going back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his vehicle, where a song can be heard blasting. In a statement he said: "Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand following the news of this awful act in Christchurch".

The second attack took place at the Linwood mosque about 5 kilometers (3 miles) away.

The footage showed the killer was carrying a shotgun and two fully automatic military assault rifles, with an extra magazine taped to one of the weapons so that he could reload quickly.

He portrayed himself as a racist and a fascist and raged against non-Westerners, but said China is the nation that most aligns with his political and social values. Ardern, whose party campaigned on a promise to take in more refugees, called it "the right thing to do". There will be so many people affected.

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