White supremacist charged with murder for New Zealand mosque attacks

White supremacist charged with murder for New Zealand mosque attacks

The two mosques were attacked during Friday prayers attended by hundreds of worshippers. Most if not all of the victims were gunned down by an immigrant-hating white supremacist who apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter on Facebook. Social media sites were asked to remove the horrific footage. 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. Health officials said 48 other people were being treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds. Dozens of others were wounded.

"My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities", she said she told him.

Bush said a "record number of firearms" was recovered at both mosques.

The New Zealand military also defused explosive devices attached to a auto.

Worshipper Ahmed Al-Mahmoud told New Zealand television a gunman entered a mosque and began "shooting like everyone in the mosque, like everywhere", prompting worshippers to smash door and window glass in an attempt to flee.

The slaughter shocked the usually peaceful nation, whose Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, labeled the carnage a terrorist attack and one of her country's "darkest days", describing the suspects as holding "extremist views" that have no place in New Zealand or the world.

She confirmed that the gunman and two suspected associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies, even though he had published a manifesto online indicating plans for attacks on Muslims.

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A lockdown on all schools in Christchurch has been lifted, but the city remains on high alert.

A body lies on the footpath outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

"While some of our elected leaders sadly choose not to mention "Muslim" or "mosque" while denouncing the Christchurch attacks, the reality is that these horrific shootings and the Quebec City mosque attack on January 29, 2017, have left Canadian Muslim communities - and indeed, Muslims around the world - feeling very vulnerable and unsafe", wrote the Council's executive director Ihsaan Gardee.

Police warned Muslims across the country not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand" in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.

Ardern said "Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here". That was almost 30 years ago and was the deadliest shooting in New Zealand's history, until Friday.

That said, the two countries are dramatically different in size, with New Zealand having a population of less than 4.8 million people while the US has an estimated 327.2 million people, but the gun violence rates are notably different when looked at with comparitive sizes.

The survivors included 17 members of Bangladesh's cricket team, whose game against New Zealand on Saturday has been postponed, and a Palestinian man who fled for his life after seeing someone being shot in the head. Their third test match with New Zealand, scheduled for Sunday, has been canceled.

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The New York Times reports the camera used to stream the shootings was worn by the gunman as he attacked the Al Noor Mosque . The 17-minute video showed the man dressed in black shooting at worshipers and "piles of bodies" with a semiautomatic rifle.