Published: Thu, March 21, 2019

New Zealand mosque attack: PM Jacinda bans assault, military-style rifles

New Zealand mosque attack: PM Jacinda bans assault, military-style rifles

Prime Minister Arden also said that New Zealand was in shock and informed PM Imran of immediate actions taken after the attack including the banning of all military style semi and automatic guns and assault rifles.

Ardern said a sales ban was effective immediately to prevent stockpiling and would be followed by a complete ban on the weapons after new laws are rushed through.

Ardern as vowed to change gun laws in the wake of the attack, possibly banning semi-automatic weapons.

An imam says he's expecting thousands of people at an emotional Friday prayer service a week after an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"They will bury the carpet", he said, "because it is full of blood, and it's contaminated".

In a post on Facebook, Christchurch United Football Club Academy Director Colin Williamson described Omar as "a lovely human being with a tremendous heart and love for coaching".

Fifty people were killed and as many wounded when a self-avowed white supremacist sprayed bullets through Al Noor, where 42 died, and the smaller Linwood Avenue mosque several kilometers (miles) away.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said investigators were trying to conclude their work at the two mosques.

"The people injured in the mosque attacks are still our priority for specialist care, which for some includes follow-up surgery and although we are closer to being able to resume our planned surgery schedule we will still need to postpone some surgeries for the remainder of this week to free up theatre space and surgical teams".

Police have identified and release to the families the bodies of some 30 victims.

"The support we have been getting from New Zealand and the community has been awesome", he said.

Under the old law pest control was legally considered a reason to own a military-style semi-automatic weapon and there were no restrictions on the number of guns or ammunition a person could own.

A day after the attack, when Ardern visited a Christchurch refugee centre to meet community leaders, she earned the respect of the Muslim world when she arrived in a hijab, carrying off the headscarf with natural poise, placed her hand on her heart, a traditional Muslim gesture, and said a simple, "Asalaam alaykum", (peace be with you) as the grieving crowd murmured, "Wa alaykum asalaam", (And peace be to you too).

Omar coached junior football teams.

Six more funerals were being held Thursday for the 50 people killed last Friday.

Hunting - with the kinds of weapons excluded from the ban - was an important part of life for his family, Moloney said.

Fouda expects 3,000 to 4,000 people, including many from overseas.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, who was living in Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island, has been charged with murder following the attack.

The alleged gunman appeared in court last week where he faced one charge of murder, for a woman whose name was suppressed.

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