Heartbroken New Zealanders mourn victims lost to Christchurch mass shooting

17 March, 2019, 06:15 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Vowing Gun Reforms and Calling for 'Love for All Muslim Communities,' New Zealand PM Praised for Leadership After Mosque Attacks

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern awed American gun control advocates Friday night when she announced that her administration would promptly pursue changes to her country's gun laws following the shooting deaths of 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch-in stark contrast to the response of the US government to similar attacks.

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

Mr Bush revealed on Sunday that a 50th victim had been found, while 50 people had been wounded in the shootings sprees at the the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid six kilometres away during Friday prayers.

So far three suspects are now in custody. No images have emerged from there.

"The NSW joint Counter-Terrorism Team has begun an Australian based investigation to assist New Zealand Police", the AFP spokesperson said.

Tarrant is expected to face additional charges and two others are in custody. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday wrote to his New Zealand counterpart expressing his deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.

Facebook said it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced" after being alerted by police. New Zealand´s prime minister vowed to toughen the country´s gun laws after revealing on March 16 that the man accused of murdering 49 people in two mosques legally purchased the arsenal of firearms used in the massacre.

They are all Australian citizens, but not in any watch list of New Zealand or Australia. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.

Heartbroken New Zealanders mourn victims lost to Christchurch mass shooting

On Saturday, Christchurch Hospital said 39 people remained in hospital, 11 of them in intensive care.

"If this evil thinks we will stop going to our mosque here or stop doing our worship to our god, Allah, we can not ever stop", Linwood mosque Imam Ibrahim Abdelhalim said.

Whether it was at her media conference in the immediate aftermath of the Christchurch mosque massacre on Friday or comforting the devastated Muslim community in the shaken city yesterday, the 38-year-old leader has displayed the right balance of strength and compassion in the aftermath of the atrocity that killed 49 and injured 39 more.

"Many of you may have seen the footage of the arrests, and I can only describe it as an act of bravery on behalf of all New Zealanders, and an act that shows very little regard for their own personal safety", she said.

TESSA BURROWS via Getty ImagesResidents pay respect by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch on Saturday.

The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan.

She did not offer too much detail, but said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be looked at.

"I'm not sure how to deal with this. Forgiving is going to take time", Omar Nabi, whose father Haji Daoud Nabi was gunned down, told reporters outside the Christchurch court.

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