49 killed in New Zealand mosque attacks

49 killed in New Zealand mosque attacks

Police departments in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco said extra precautions will be taken at mosques beginning Friday, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan offered condolences and reassurances to the city's Muslim community.

"The two other people that have been apprehended, again in the possession of firearms in the general environment, we are working through to understand what their involvement is", he said.

The attacks targeted the Masjid al Noor mosque, where 41 people died, and a second, smaller mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven more died.

Both mosques are in Christchurch's city center and police have placed the two locations on lockdown.

He portrayed himself as a racist and a fascist and raged against non-Westerners, but said China is the nation that most aligns with his political and social values.

The man accused of killing 49 people at two New Zealand mosques appeared in court Saturday where he was charged with murder.

They gave no details about those taken into custody except to say that none had been on any watch list.

Reacting to the Australian Prime Minister's remarks, former defence minister and the PML-N leader Khawaja Asif said: "Good to see you eventually, and unequivocally characterized the attack as what it really is". Police also defused explosive devices in a vehicle.

"This goes to the seriousness of the situation", Bush said.

"Indonesia strongly condemns this shooting act, especially at a place of worship while a Friday prayer was ongoing", Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a statement. And Air New Zealand canceled several flights in and out of Christchurch.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees.

She said the attack reflected "extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand".

"I hope that those involved will be severely punished", he said in a message to Arden.

"This is requiring every police and emergency resource that we have available", he said.

- Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one of those arrested was an Australian citizen and described the suspected attacker as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

Authorities said that they "will not be discussing the offenders' possible motivations or the causes of this incident" at this stage.

Social media posts police say were written by Tarrant included an anti-Muslim manifesto and references to Internet radicalization, NBC News reported. The manifesto was not signed.

Facebook said it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced" after being alerted by police.

It is with extreme sadness that I tell you that as at 7pm tonight [Friday], we believe that 40 people have lost their lives in this act of extreme violence. As the rest of us prepare to undertake our own Friday prayers today, we do so with the anxiety as to whether our mosques and communities are safe in the face of unabated Islamophobia and hostility against Muslims.

The gunman spoke only occasionally while in the vehicle, speaking in what sounded like an Australian accent. In other forums, people discussed Muslim food restrictions as they prepared to drop off meals for those affected.

"When the flames of hatred are fanned, when people are demonized due to their faith, when people's fears are played on rather than addressed, the consequences are deadly as we have seen so sadly today", he said.

- At least 20 others have been seriously injured. I still have friends inside.

Eye witnesses said that they saw the terrorist shoot worshipers in their chests and head.

The video footage, posted live online as the attack unfolded, showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives away. Mosques were advised to shut their doors until further notice.

"At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders".

The shooting at the mosque on Deans Avenue next to Hagely Park, is near to Cathedral Square, where children were taking part in a global protest to raise awareness for climate change.

Christchurch is a coastal city of 404,500 residents. It has an agricultural economy. It has been rebuilding since an quake in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed many downtown buildings.

Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald that he heard about five gunshots and that a worshipper returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

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

He described Christchurch as a "very peaceful city" that is still getting over the devastating 6.3 magnitude natural disaster that hit in 2011. This I want to assure people is to ensure that all our agencies are responding in the most appropriate way.

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