'Horror and sorrow': U of T reacts to attack on Christchurch mosque

Bessie Dean
March 17, 2019

The suspect, identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian citizen, has been charged with murder, though Ardern added that further charges are likely.

Forty-one people were killed at one mosque, and seven people were killed at the second mosque. Another 48 people suffered gunshot wounds in the attacks.

Scheer's office did not respond to an initial query about the statement's not mentioning Muslims but after being asked about the statement from the National Council of Canadian Muslims, his spokesman responded with a link to a new statement on Scheer's Facebook page.

"At first, we hide behind the cars and you know under the auto, then when we see the the fighting [shooting] is still on we try to jump the fence".

One armed congregant pursued the gunmen who opened fire during Friday prayer at his mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, firing two shots at them as they sped away, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the attack as well and offered his support to those grieving.

"Fijian hearts are breaking for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand - a place where an atrocity of this nature is shocking nearly beyond comprehension".

"I think there is a growth in online hate that I think governments and communities around the world are struggling with - how can they effectively tackle [that] while at the same time ensuring we protect our very hard-won and cherished right to free expression", he said.

But, he said, New Zealand Muslims still felt at home in the south Pacific nation.

Former Conservative Maxime Bernier, now the leader of the People's Party of Canada, hadn't posted anything about the attacks at all by late Friday. Moe said he had faith in the police services in Saskatoon and across the province.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.

A still image taken from video circulated on social media apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand Mar 15 2019. Social Media Website  Handout via REUTERS TV
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"I want to reassure all New Zealanders that we are doing absolutely everything in our power to respond to this attack, and deploying all available resources in communities across New Zealand", Bush said. "To see so many innocent lives taken so callously and cruelly in this place of sanctuary is totally unacceptable".

More than 20 were seriously wounded in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called a "terrorist attack".

After going back outside and shooting a woman there, he got back in his vehicle where a song can be heard blasting.

"We're now in contact with the Muslim leadership in the community to come up with a safety plan for them", said Ehalt.

"Our prayers are with the families of the deceased, the injured and all others impacted by this tragedy".

"While some of our elected leaders sadly choose not to mention "Muslim" or "mosque" while denouncing the Christchurch attacks, the reality is that these horrific shootings and the Quebec City mosque attack on January 29, 2017, have left Canadian Muslim communities - and indeed, Muslims around the world - feeling very vulnerable and unsafe", wrote the Council's executive director Ihsaan Gardee.

There was a heavy police presence at the hospital where families of the more than 40 wounded had gathered. Photo: Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

"Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

Meates said at a news conference at the Christchurch hospital that it's "hard to fathom the enormity of this act of terrorism".

Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, said Londoners stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Christchurch.

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