Friday, 22 March, 2019

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

Beautiful gestures from local community mean a lot to Muslims here Beautiful gestures from local community mean a lot to Muslims here
Jeannette Daniel | 16 March, 2019, 19:10

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

Mosque worker Abdul Aziz risked his own life to challenge the gunman and try to snatch his weapon, according to attack survivor Syed Mazharuddin. No images have emerged from the second mosque.

"Anyone who has seen the footage. they put New Zealand first", Ardern said.

"There were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", she told reporters.

Although shops were shuttered and many chose to stay at home, Christchurch residents piled bouquets of flowers at a makeshift memorial near the Al Noor mosque, many accompanied with handwritten letters laden with sadness and disbelief.

Earlier in the day, Mayor John Tory said he was deeply saddened by the terror attack, adding he "stands with our Muslim community to condemn this hate-fueled violence".

She said: "I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch".

"Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them", Mazharuddin told Sky.

They included Asif Shaikh, 44, who said he was among more than 100 people at the Al Noor mosque when the attacker came in. In fact, right now, I'm sure New Zealand would like me to share a message on their behalf too.

Police have long anxious that the gaps and loopholes make it easier for the wrong people to obtain and keep firearms. Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said. One died in hospital last night, says Bush.

"The people we serve, in every neighborhood, must always be free from fear and have the immutable right to worship and live in peace".

The shooting, which took place at two mosques in Christchurch, has been called a "terrorist" act by the prime minister.

The courtroom was closed to the public, the name of the victim was withheld by authorities and a judge ruled that pictures of the suspect in court must have his face blurred.

"Hi guys how are you".

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Ardern said: "Hagley Park, very much the focus on them was being able to access their loved ones".

From time to time people outside the cordon came to place flowers under a tree to express their condolences to the victims.

Meanwhile, Cuomo ordered One World Trade Center's spire, the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge and the Kosciuszko Bridge be lit in blue and red tonight to show solidarity with the people of New Zealand and the Muslim community.

She asserted that New Zealand "will not and can not be shaken" by this attack.

The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan. Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population.

In New Zealand, police officers don't routinely carry firearms.

He said up to 70 people were praying inside Linwood when gunshots were heard.

Schools, institutions and workplaces went forced into lockdown for three and half hours on Friday afternoon as police hunted the shooters.

Two modified semi-automatic weapons - reportedly AR-15s - two shotguns and a lever-action gun were used in Friday's deadly rampage, and photos of the weaponry with distinctive writing on them were posted on social media days before.

The prime minister recalled that there were attempts to change the gun laws in New Zealand back in 2005, 2012 and in 2017.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, today faced court in New Zealand.

"Has there been travel to the United States?"

Under the law, for instance, some semiautomatic rifles-commonly known as assault weapons-have to be registered as military-style semiautomatic rifles (MSSAs).

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