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New Zealand Mosque Killings Spark Global Horror

17 March 2019
New Zealand Mosque Killings Spark Global Horror

The Bishop of Christchurch, the Rt Revd Peter Carrell, said in a statement: "Church leaders are absolutely devastated at the unprecedented situation in Christchurch this afternoon, and our hearts and prayers go to all involved".

Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu said: "Today we will be stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faith, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves".

Bush said police had found two improvised explosive devices in one auto, a clarification from an earlier statement that there were devices in multiple vehicles.

The gunman said he was not a member of any organization, acted alone and chose New Zealand to show that even the most remote parts of the world are not free of "mass immigration".

She pronounced it "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

New Zealand police detained three men after the attacks, but have not provided their identities. Then, she saw victims come streaming out of the mosque, some of whom she helped find medical aide. Another 20 people are in serious condition at Christchurch Hospital.

A Palestinian man who was in one of the mosques said he saw someone being shot in the head.

Batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted "entire team got saved from active shooters".

Before Friday, New Zealand's worst mass shooting was in 1990 when a gun-mad loner killed 13 men, women and children in a 24-hour rampage in the tiny seaside village of Aramoana.

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill Tweeted on Friday morning: "Our condolences to the people of Christchurch New Zealand". One has been defused and the second is in the process of being disabled. One of the men was later charged with murder, and two others remained in custody, though their role in the attacks was not clear. Police said the manifesto contains conspiracy theories and echoes white nationalism seen at protests that resulted in violence in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.

Chicago police said there are no known threats to Chicago, but they will be keeping a closer eye on mosques.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives a press conference from Wellington. Credit PA
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives a press conference from Wellington. Credit PA

In a statement, Al Azhar University, Egypt's 1,000-year-old seat of Sunni Islamic learning, said the attacks had "violated the sanctity of the houses of God".

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the "odious crimes against the mosques of Christchurch in New Zealand" that have so far left 49 dead.

The news has taken over global media with broadcasters including CNN, BBC and CNBC going live to New Zealand - the worst shooting attack to ever take place in the country.

At least 41 people were killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch while at least seven people died inside the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque. All Christchurch schools and council buildings have been placed into lockdown.

"We must link arms around the world to stand up against this evil".

"Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online".

Based on the video, the attacker was at the scene of the first mosque for about 10 minutes, and police did not arrive until after that.

She says the offender is in custody, adding: "I can give that assurance, he has been apprehended".

"They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is there home".

New Zealand Police provided an update on the investigation, announcing that evacuations had been ordered at a residence in the city of Dunedin.