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

New Zealand PM says 'gun laws will change' after mosque shooting

New Zealand PM says 'gun laws will change' after mosque shooting

He was remanded in custody and is set to reappear in court April 5. A native of Grafton, a pretty town of 17,000 some miles northeast of Sydney, he was seen to make a white supremacist hand gesture to assembled media.

The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines.

Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

Imran had dropped off his father, an electrical engineer, at the Al Noor mosque on Friday and was looking for a parking space when the shooting began. One of the women told Xinhua "No matter what cultural backgrounds, races or religions you are from, we are absolutely together".

The unnamed man went home to retrieve his gun when the shooting broke out before returning to the Linwood mosque to engage the shooter.

Gardee said the nonstop messages of support from other Canadians have been "extremely heartening and means the world". He said the Al Noor mosque is the largest in Christchurch, and that the shooting started 15 minutes before Friday prayers, when many people were still in the parking lot or walking toward the mosque. No images have emerged from the second mosque.

In light of the deadly attack, the St. Paul Police Department said they will be making more frequent visits to mosques in the city and spend more time in nearby areas. The man burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers. She said four people in police custody held extremist views, but had not been on any police watchlists. "He loves to help out people".

The hospital also confirmed 39 people are still receiving treatment, with 11 of them in intensive care.

"The wounds from gunshots are often quite significant", Christchurch Hospital's Chief of Surgery Greg Robertson told reporters.

"These comments are appalling and they're ugly and they have no place in Australia".

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand Saturday
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Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several who were born overseas.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating natural disaster in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people.

"We think also of our Cook Islands community in Christchurch and in New Zealand, with so many of our people who have made their homes there".

On the sombre streets of Christchurch, Jeremy Mitchell said it was "surreal" such a massacre could happen in New Zealand.

Ardern said the victims came from across the Muslim world, with Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia among the countries rendering consular assistance. "It's not what we are about", Shamim Kassibawi, a publicist from New Zealand and UAE resident, told Arab News.

New Zealand has a proud record of tolerance and integration, and under Ardern has boosted its annual refugee quota from 1,000 to 1,500 beginning next year.

Two of the guns were semi-automatic weapons and two were shotguns, she said, before telling media members that the attack would have an impact on gun laws in the country.

New Zealand authorities are working quickly to move all the bodies out of the mosques and through the coroner's office so they can be returned to their loved ones.

"People living in this peaceful country of Canada, they should feel safe and it should not stop them coming to the mosque". "And we will continue to stand united against all forms of hate", Public Safety said in a release.

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