Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

Sergio Conner
March 16, 2019

"We New Zealanders were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone this racism, or because we are an enclave of extremism, we were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things", she said.

Nabi is survived by four sons, one daughter and nine grandchildren who he loved "immensely", said Omar. A police auto rammed into his white SUV after it sped away from Linwood, pushing the vehicle up and onto the curb, which allowed officers to drag him onto the pavement at gunpoint.

Mass shootings in New Zealand are rare.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City is providing extra security for Muslim community centers and mosques.

New Zealand authorities are working quickly to move all the bodies out of the mosques and through the coroner's office so they can be returned to their loved ones.

The terror attack suspect, who live-streamed for about 17 minutes his rampage through two mosques here, is an Australian-born citizen and is a resident of Dunedin, situated around 360 km south of Christchurch. "The refugee issue and multiculturalism have become politicized and securitized in ways we haven't seen before", says Khalil.

Two other people have been arrested in connection with the terror attack, and they remain in custody as police conduct an ongoing investigation as to their possible involvement.

"Syed Moazzam Shah, Minister Political, Pakistan High Commission in New Zealand, Cell +64 21 779 495 is our focal point".

Many people were responding to the targettng of Muslims in a place of worship and the contents of a manifesto linked to the man who has been charged with the attack, that contained white-supremacist and anti-immigrant opinions.

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand Friday
Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand Friday

Mass shootings and violent crime are rare in New Zealand, a country of almost 5 million people.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said bigotry in Western countries contributed to the attacks on Muslims in New Zealand.

Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Tarrant, obtained a "Category A" gun licence in November 2017 and began purchasing the five weapons used in Friday's attacks the following month, she said.

The weapons also appeared to have been modified, Ardern told reporters in Christchurch on Saturday. Tarrant did not apply to have the judge suppress his name from the media, Australian broadcaster ABC reports. The AR-15 is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle.

US President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

"We never had any trouble here, it was completely unexpected", says Radhika Kumar, 35, who drove from two hours away to pay her respects.

World leaders expressed condolences and condemnation Friday following the deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand, while Muslim leaders said the mass shooting was evidence of a rising tide of violent Islamophobia. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden called the shootings a terrorist act, tweeting that such acts have no place in the country.

At Christchurch hospital, where many members of the Muslim community spent Saturday waiting for news of loved ones, members of the public turned up offering vehicle lifts around town, food parcels and hot drinks, or just a friendly face to talk too.

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