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New Zealand prime minister says shooting suspect was a licensed gun owner

17 March 2019
New Zealand prime minister says shooting suspect was a licensed gun owner

Naeem Rashid, originally from Abbottabad in Pakistan, and his son, were named as being among the 49 victims killed in the terror attack yesterday.

"The team showed a united front in terms of the decision", said Mr Curwin. A native of Grafton, a pretty town of 17,000 some miles northeast of Sydney, he was seen to make a white supremacist hand gesture to assembled media.

The footage shows him returning to the mosque, shooting a woman outside, and getting back in his vehicle.

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

Yousef Wahb, Imam of youth, education and outreach, speaks on Friday about the 49 people killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, while the president of the Windsor Islamic Assocation, Mirza Baig, left, looks on.

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 on Friday evening searching a house in Dunedin, 360 kilometres away, clearing nearby homes for safety. Regardless of whether terrorist attacks are perpetrated by white or Islamist extremists, their narratives must not be enabled through whataboutery. A male in his late 20s has been charged with murder, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

A group called Syrian Solidarity New Zealand said Syrian refugees were inside the mosque when it came under attack.

He was not on a government watch list in either New Zealand or Australia. All appointments were canceled at Christchurch Hospital, where every available resource was turned over to surgery for the wounded.

Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several of whom were born overseas.

As Anwar Alsaleh took cover at Christchurch's Masjid Al Noor mosque, he rang emergency services pleading for help.

Australia and New Zealand's leaders have come together to condemn this week's mass shooting in two Christchurch mosques, calling it "an attack against all of us".

"This is one of New Zealand's darkest days", she said.

"It's been 36 hours, I haven't heard anything about them", he said.

"Muslims have been living in New Zealand (for) over 100 years and nothing has ever happened to us like this, so this is not going to change the way we feel about New Zealand".

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand Saturday

One global survey conducted in 2018 placed New Zealand as the world's safest country.

Political across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence", and that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees.

The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia extended its "deepest sympathies to the Muslim community as you have once again, been a victim of this senseless act of violence resulting in the loss of life".

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media, "I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11.1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror".

We are a proud nation of more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages, and amongst said diversity, we share common values and the one we place the currency on right now and tonight is our compassion and the support for the community of those directly affected by this tragedy and secondly, the strongest possibly condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this.

"He had a big gun".

The unnamed man went home to retrieve his gun when the shooting broke out before returning to the Linwood mosque to engage the shooter. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said.

Facebook said it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced" after being alerted by police. "We got scared, we asked ourselves what was happening", Sapkota said.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Ardern said.

Police continued to sweep for evidence outside the Al Noor mosque, where a lone gunman killed 41 people at 1:45 p.m. local time on Friday, live-streaming his barbarous crimes in ghastly detail. A four-year-old child in a critical condition was flown to the children's Starship hospital in Auckland.

One image shared widely was of a cartoon kiwi, the country's national bird, weeping.

"I am so sorry that you were not safe here".