Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday visited the Muslim community here and condoled the deaths of 49 people who were martyred by right-wing terrorist a day ago, ARY News reported.

The attack, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.

Ardern explained the perpetrator was in possession of five firearms, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns.

A dozen people are still critical and at least one child is among the dead as New Zealand remains in shock and grief after twin shootings at mosques.

The London Ambulance Service were also called but the 27-year-old victim was driven directly to an east London hospital by friends.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

Two other people have been apprehended and are being questioned about what role, if any, they had in the attacks.

Ardern noted that this individual traveled around the world and spent "sporadic periods of time" in New Zealand. This is a partial transcription of those press conferences in which she touches on her country's diversity, sending condolences to victims and their families and communities.

Police said three people were in custody including a man in his late 20s who's been charged with murder. "We are working to have any footage removed", New Zealand police said. Two explosive devices were also found in his vehicle. Flanked by two police officers, he smirked when media persons photographed him during the hearing and was seen making the white power gesture.

President Donald Trump arrives to make a statement on the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia at the White House on August 14, 2017, in Washington, D.C. New York Times op-ed contributor Wajahat Ali said Trump is "impotent" in condemning white nationalists.

At least one of the weapons used by Tarrant was reportedly an AR-15 - the same semi-automatic rifle used in a number of mass shootings in the United States, including the 2012 Sandy Hook school killings in CT.

Some mourners hugged their neighbours, while others stood in solemn silence at sites in the city centre, not far from the two mosques where Muslims gathered for Friday prayers were mowed down by a racist gunman.

He said Muslims at a Levenshulme mosque "beamed" when they saw his act.

"There is a dimming of enlightenment in many parts of the world", Parker said.

They have lived in New Zealand for the past 15 years. "I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said.

Ansun Zhong, owner of Chong's Chinese restaurant in Christchurch City Central, said the shooting greatly affected people's life in Christchurch.

Officials said that he had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and, as with the other two peolpe detained in connection with the attack, had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.

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