PM Khan condemns New Zealand mosques' attack

Erika Holt
March 17, 2019

Forty-nine people have been killed and four people are in custody after attackers opened fire during Friday prayers at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared in court Saturday morning amid strict security and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge.

The shooter also live-streamed the attack.

Tarrant, who police say carried out at least one of the shootings, posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself by name and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

It was reported by The Star that the Foreign Ministry said two Malaysians were injured in the attack but the New Zealand Herald said that the fate of one Malaysian, is still unknown. Police are asking people to not watch or share the video, which is still circulating online.

Police said improvised explosive devices were found with a vehicle they stopped.

The Bangladesh cricket team - which had been in Christchurch for a test match against New Zealand that was later cancelled - all escaped without injury.

"New Zealand is one of the most peaceful, peace-loving and generous nations in the world".

"Just heard news of the devastating reports from Christchurch, New Zealand".

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A Palestinian man who was in one of the mosques said he saw someone being shot in the head. He walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground. The gunman spends more than two minutes inside the mosque spraying terrified worshippers with bullets again and again, sometimes re-firing at people he has already cut down.

"I saw dead people everywhere".

Facebook and New Zealand police deleted the shooter's accounts on Friday after a live-stream of the shooting was originally broadcast on Facebook.

The YouTuber is now the most subscribed to person on the platform and since another channel has been very close to taking that number one spot from him for a while, the words used by Tarrant had become pretty much a meme, as well as a way for people to support the Swedish entertainer.

He said he was inspired by Norwegian shooter Anders Breivik.

He has been described by Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

"If your child was attending the climate change protest in Cathedral Square and you want to check if they are in the Civic Offices, please call the Council Contact Centre on 03-941-8999", Christchurch City Council said. It is the second most-populous city in New Zealand behind Auckland and Wellington.

He adds: "I am just a regular white man, from a regular family". This is a place where people should feel secure and will feel secure.

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