Multiple Fatalities Reported in New Zealand Mass Shooting

Sergio Conner
March 16, 2019

Canada's minister of public safety, Ralph Goodale, has condemned the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 49 people.

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Speaking at a press conference on Saturday morning, Ms Ardern said the Australian man, identified as Brenton Tarrant, suspected of carrying out the terrorist act had used five firearms in the attacks, including two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm.

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.

Riyaz Khawaja, president of the Hussaini Association of Calgary, was at his mosque for an evening event on Thursday when news broke of the attacks in New Zealand. "If we receive any intelligence about a threat that requires additional resources, we have protocols in place that make it possible to get those resources very quickly".

"New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video", a Facebook spokeswoman told CNN.

The Islamic Association of Raleigh joined world leaders in condemning the attack and what Aukhil cited as the increasingly strident white-supremacist language of politicians in the USA and elsewhere.

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".

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"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. "Not because I am Muslim, but because I am human".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the shootings an "unprecedented act of violence". "We must all confront Islamophobia and work to create a world in which all people-no matter their faith, where they live, or where they were born-can feel safe and secure".

In Europe, German Chancellor Merkel mourned "with the New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who is New Zealand's head of state, said she was "deeply saddened by the appalling events". "Last night's victims were fathers, mothers, and children. As with every life taken too soon, the full measure of their loss will never be known".

The statement does not mention Scheer by name but he is the only Canadian political leader whose public response to the attacks did not mention either Muslims or mosques.

"Attacking innocent people during prayers is appalling".

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan said he's "shocked and horrified" at the attack.

The Muslim Community Center, which operates a mosque on the North Side and schools in Morton Grove and Skokie, said in a statement that it planned to hire extra security patrols and advised its members, "Please be vigilant by keeping your eyes and ears open and being aware of your surroundings".

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