Chicago Muslim groups step up security after New Zealand mosque attacks

Joann Johnston
March 15, 2019

In fact, for many, New Zealand was a choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to, the place they were raising their families, where they were part of communities they loved and who loved them.

The prime minister noted that it appeared the attacks appeared to have been well planned. "For these people who are victims in these mosques - they are refugees, they are people who are from our migrant communities who've chosen to live in New Zealand, thinking they would find a safe place where they could be free in their religion and their culture". "We are united in fighting violent hatred and racism", he said.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terror attack".

Ebba Akerlund, 11, was killed in a truck attack in Stockholm in 2017.

"I can't. believe that somebody I've probably had daily dealings with and had shared conversations and interacted with would be able of something to this extreme", Tracey Gray told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

While his manifesto and video were an obvious and contemptuous ploy for infamy, they do contain important clues for a public trying to understand why anyone would target dozens of innocent people who were simply spending an afternoon engaged in prayer. "In every french city, in every french town the invaders were there". He said he earned money investing in Bitconnect, an open-source cryptocurrency. He also said there "was a racial component to the attack" and described it as "anti-immigration" and "an attack in the name of diversity".

"This is indeed a very sad day for all", said I.H. Kauser, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, in a statement.

Posting on an 8chan forum, a user who identified himself as Tarrant announced he would carry out the attack. "And those values, I can assure you, will not, and cannot, be shaken by this attack".

In a tweet, Owens responded by saying that if the media portrayed her as the inspiration for the attack, it had better hire lawyers.

Williams, a practising Muslim, struggled to hold back tears in the 64-second Twitter post, telling families of those killed that "you are all in Paradise".

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Last October the home office reported that religious hate crime rocketed by 40 per cent across England and Wales in just one year, with more than half targeted at Muslims.

U.S. politicians on Twitter drew comparisons between the mosque massacre and last October's deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed by a gunman who had ranted against Jews and immigration.

The writing also cites military leaders and refers to ancient battles such as the 1189 Siege of Acre and Ottoman Empire battles including the 1863 battle of Vienna and the 1877 battle of Shipka Pass.

One gunman reportedly livestreamed the shooting at Al Noor Mosque in a 17-minute video and wrote a manifesto declaring his intentions, Commissioner Bush told the media.

The video shows him firing into many rooms with a semiautomatic rifle, leaving bodies strewn on the floor as others run for their lives.

"Entire team got saved from active shooters!" Authorities placed schools in Christchurch on lockdown and urged everyone to stay indoors.

"So I tried too get out and I pushed myself at the back where my vehicle was, and from there I heard the shooting, it went on six minutes or more, I could hear screaming and crying, I saw some people drop dead, some people were running away, I was in a wheelchair, so I couldn't get anywhere".

The man then fled the scene.

Australian Senator Faser Anning released a statement blaming "the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place" as "the real cause of bloodshed" following Friday's shootings.

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