Friday, 22 March, 2019

‘Absolutely his intention’: Christchurch gunman planned further attacks, had other firearms

A relative of one of the victims A relative of one of the victims
Jeannette Daniel | 17 March, 2019, 03:40

The tragic attack saw 41 people killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, whilst seven others were killed at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and one person died later at Christchurch Hospital.

"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ardern told reporters in Christchurch on Saturday.

"We know that there's been young Somalis that have lost their life, people of Turkish backgrounds that have been injured", he told NPR's Weekend Edition from the airport, on his way to Christchurch. "He enjoyed freedom there and never complained about anything", Muath said.

Huang Yan, the manager of the Christchurch branch of China's Southern Airlines, told Xinhua the mass shooting would bring negative impact on New Zealand tourism as Christchurch has just been recovered from the aftermath of the 2011 deadly quake.

Over the weekend Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza held vigils to honor the victims of the massacre, in which 49 people were killed.

A noisy generator raring from a construction site next to the Christchurch Justice Precinct was a stark and irritating reminder of those tragic events, as media and members of the public gathered awaiting Tarrant's court appearance.

The man suspected of carrying out mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, appears in court for his arraignment.

Footage of the attack live streamed on Facebook showed the gunman entering the mosque and shooting randomly at people. "To see so many innocent lives taken so callously and cruelly in this place of sanctuary is totally unacceptable".

Ardern said she had spoken with Trump, who asked how he could help.

More news: Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

At least 49 people were killed in Friday's attack.

Bush also said that two people arrested around the time suspect Brenton Harrison Tarrant was apprehended are not believed to have been involved in the attacks on two mosques Friday. Christchurch Hospital continued to care for 36 wounded in the shootings, including 11 critically injured.

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.

Our gun laws will change, ' she declared during a news conference.

Ardern said Saturday that she had met with relatives of the victims and their "key concern" was to have access to their loved ones' remains for burial.

Two other suspected accomplices have also been arrested.

He was likely to face further charges, police said. "I am very sorry to miss your calls and text messages.I am really tired.please pray for my son, me and my daughter.I am just posting this video to show you that I am fully ok", said Wasseim Alsati, who was reportedly shot three times. He had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed this afternoon that her government will look into changing New Zealand's gun laws, in light of the revelation that the alleged Christchurch gunman's weapons yesterday appeared to have been modified.

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