49 dead in New Zealand terror shooting: two mosques attacked

Lawrence Kim
March 16, 2019

It will be held at 7 p.m.at City Hall. One other died in hospital. "People were so upset". "We got scared, we asked ourselves what was happening", Sapkota said. "People, they're just sitting in front of their phones and computers and just mourning".

You may have chosen us. We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things.

Grieving members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.

"Today we stand with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand".

Tarrant, 28, allegedly live-streamed the carnage on Facebook during the attack on worshippers at Friday afternoon prayers at the Al Noor mosque, which left 41 people dead.

Laying out his chilling ideology, the suspected far-right terrorist claimed he allegedly carried out the bloodbath as revenge for an Islamist terrorist attack in Sweden that killed a young girl and others. But we utterly reject and condemn you.

The victims of Friday's shooting included immigrants from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".

"We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are an enclave for extremism", she said. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door. "Not because I am Muslim, but because I am human".

In signs police say show a well-planned attack, army personnel were also called in to dismantle explosive devices found in a stopped vehicle and officers were in the evening searching a house in Dunedin, 360 kilometres away, clearing nearby homes for safety.

This article was updated to include Google and Twitter's statements. "There is hate in the world but never forget that love is stronger".

The country's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, earlier told a news conference that the man was an Australian citizen "who travelled sporadically to New Zealand and stayed for varied amount of time". Born in Australia in a working class, low income family.

Trudeau said Canada "remembers too well the sorrow" felt following an attack on a mosque in Quebec. Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion. "Last night's victims were fathers, mothers, and children".

The statement does not mention Scheer by name but he is the only Canadian political leader whose public response to the attacks did not mention either Muslims or mosques.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan said he's "shocked and horrified" at the attack.

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

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney tweeted: "Unthinkably evil to shoot people while they pray".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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