Barefoot, Handcuffed, New Zealand Shooter Smirks In Court

16 March, 2019, 18:57 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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Officials in New Zealand will be probing whether those behind deadly mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch should have been on the radar of authorities, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday.

A 28-year-old Australian man charged with murder appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Saturday morning following Friday's terror attacks on two mosques in the city.

The Christchurch attacker could have killed even more people as he was on the move at the time of his arrest, and had more firearms in his vehicle, New Zealand's PM said, praising police who responded to the call in just 36 minutes.

Another person who was earlier arrested was said to be a member of the public carrying a firearm who was trying to help. Thirty- six people were still being treated on Saturday, 11 of whom remained in intensive care. "Forgiving is going to take time", Omar Nabi, whose father Haji Daoud Nabi was gunned down, told reporters outside the Christchurch court. Nabi's family left Kabul, Afghanistan, for New Zealand in the 1970s.

"I hadn't intended for anybody other than the people at Medina Mosque to know about this", Mr Graystone said. "She came here for the peace.now she is shocked", he said, adding his mother was too afraid to leave her house.

Four New Zealand women hugged each other outside the cordon.

"If Jacinda Ardern moves as quickly as [former Australian prime minister] John Howard did [when he banned guns following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre], and she does it in 12 days, the probability is that she will be able to do what she wants to do", Alpers told the Guardian.

At first, Mr Taylor and his colleagues had no idea what was happening, initially believing the alarms, sirens and general panic sweeping through the New Zealand city were signs of another quake, similar to the 6.2-level seismic disaster that destroyed massive swathes of the city in 2011.

Barefoot, Handcuffed, New Zealand Shooter Smirks In Court

Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country where levels of gun violence are low.

The judge briefed the media before the hearing, saying videos and photographs were only released by approved New Zealand media outlets including TVNZ and RNZ.

"Has there been travel to the United States?"

Strict gun law reforms received bipartisan political support at the time and there has not been a mass shooting since.

Replies to the tweet questioned why the Conservative Party leader hadn't mentioned the word "Muslim" in his condemnation of the attack.

Ardern called on the US government to show "sympathy and love for all Muslim communities", and told the press that "the person who has committed this violent act has no place here".

Some valued her message.

Actress Mia Farrow replied: "The hatred you stoke against Muslims, against immigrants, against the press, against 'others"- your reluctance to condemn white supremacy and your utter lack of moral leadership, leads to the horrors New Zealand is now enduring. "I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11", Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media.

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