World shocked amid right-wing terror attacks on mosques

Sergio Conner
March 16, 2019

Police patrols will be ramped up at mosques in Lancashire after terrorists killed at least 49 worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Heartbroken by the devastating news of deadly shootings at two mosques in New Zealand.

People have been recommended by the police to stay inside.

The match planned for Saturday was announced canceled after the shooting took place.

"Together with our intelligence partners we continually monitor the varied threats we face, including to and around places of worship and specific communities across the country", he said. "They are one of us".

Christchurch Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 41 people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque near Hagley Park, while seven were shot dead at the Linwood Avenue Mosque.

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the frightful massacre in the Mosques".

"At this stage, we will not be discussing the offenders' possible motivations or the causes of this incident".

Whether there are more suspects - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the government has no reason to believe there are more suspects, but was not assuming that was the case and intelligence services and police were working on establishing this. "Given the small size of New Zealand, and give that it grounds itself on peace and justice, the impact of it is just heightened". "Ireland will continue to stand in solidarity with all the people of New Zealand".

Moreover, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said she was "shocked beyond words" by the shootings.

New Zealand Police have evacuated homes in Dunedin as they investigate a home "of interest" to the shootings.

"Our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the hate crime that took the lives of innocent Muslims performing Friday prayers in New Zealand", he wrote on Twitter.

Distinctive writing on the gunman's weapons seen in the footage also matched images posted on the Twitter account using the same name that posted the manifesto.

World shocked amid right-wing terror attacks on mosques

She also strongly condemned the terrorist attack, saying "You might have chosen us; we utterly reject and condemn you".

The 1 NEWS broadcaster reported, citing an Australian police source, that the shooter was Brenton Tarrant from the city of Grafton in Australia's eastern New South Wales state.

Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison said one of those arrested was an Australian citizen.

New Zealand Police earlier said that four people - three men and one woman - were in custody in relation to the attacks.

"We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", Morrison said. "But we can not assume there are no others at large", Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters.

"Police can now confirm the lockdown of schools throughout Christchurch has been lifted", the police said in a statement. Police also defused explosive devices in a auto.

"There were a number of IEDs attached to the vehicles that we also stopped".

"Far too often, Muslims suffer unimaginable loss and pain in the places where they should feel safest", Trudeau said in a statement.

A man in his late twenties has been charged with murder and is due to appear in court tomorrow. "Two are still under investigation", Bush said at a briefing aired by the New Zealand Herald.

Prime Minister Ardern previously described the attack as "one of New Zealand's darkest days", adding: "What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

At the same time, the Canterbury District Health Board said that at least 48 people, including little children, were being treated at the Christchurch Hospital.

Nearly 50 people were treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds, including young children. Some people have minor wounds while others are in a critical condition. "Additional patients with gunshot wounds presented to other health facilities in the community", the health authority said.

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