Christchurch mosque shooting victims mourned by loved ones as funerals begin

Joann Johnston
March 16, 2019

Huang Yan, the manager of the Christchurch branch of China's Southern Airlines, told Xinhua the mass shooting would bring negative impact on New Zealand tourism as Christchurch has just been recovered from the aftermath of the 2011 deadly natural disaster.

A man suspected of at least one of two mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, made a brief appearance in court on Saturday.

"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ardern told reporters in Christchurch on Saturday.

He was identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, reported CNN.

"I'm not privileged to a full breakdown at this point but it is clear that young children have been caught up in this horrific attack", she said regarding victims of the attack.

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".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who is New Zealand's head of state, said she was "deeply saddened by the appalling events".

One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman burst in as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.

A floral tribute is seen on Linwood Avenue near the Linwood Masjid on March 15, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Through terror attacks that have taken place on United Kingdom soil we know only too well the pain that such horrifying attacks can cause.

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"I saw dead people everywhere".

Mohammed Elyan, a Jordanian in his 60s who co-founded one of the mosques in 1993, was among those wounded, as was his son, Atta, who is in his 30s. That number has grown consistently throughout the years, with New Zealand reporting only 1.3 million such firms in 2016, 1.2 million in 2009 and less than a million in 2005. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said. On Saturday morning, dozens of people stood silently, facing the building as police went about their work.

In the video, the killer spends more than two minutes inside the mosque targeting terrified worshippers with gunfire.

Forty nine people were killed in the Christchurch mosque shootings.

Children's screams can be heard in the distance as he returns to his auto to get another weapon.

As New Zealand has stood by us so we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and with Muslims in New Zealand, here in the United Kingdom and around the world. He walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground. Another showed a pair of figures, one in a headscarf, embracing.

The suspected attacker had bought five guns legally. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives off before police even arrive.

The judge briefed the media before the hearing, saying videos and photographs were only released by approved New Zealand media outlets including TVNZ and RNZ. More charges were expected to be brought against him at a later date. Ardern, whose party campaigned on the promise of raising the intake of refugees, called the planned increase "the right thing to do".

Christchurch, sometimes called the Garden City, has been rebuilding since an natural disaster in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed many downtown buildings.

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