Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

New Zealand mosque shooting: Terror attack suspect Brenton Tarrant appears in court

New Zealand mosque shooting: Terror attack suspect Brenton Tarrant appears in court

One man was arrested and charged with murder for what appears to be a carefully planned attack and two other people are in custody. Another 48 people suffered gunshot wounds in the attacks.

New Zealanders are in a state of stunned shock and grief, one day after the horrific terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.

As Anwar Alsaleh took cover at Christchurch's Masjid Al Noor mosque, he rang emergency services pleading for help. Forty-one people were killed at one mosque, and seven people were killed at the second mosque.

"Because I was running late I decided not to go", said Khan. He has not been publicly identified by officials.

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed, most of whom were born overseas.

He said the Fijian people stood with their Pacific family in this time of suffering and sadness, and we condemn all forms of hatred and terror.

The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia extended its "deepest sympathies to the Muslim community as you have once again, been a victim of this senseless act of violence resulting in the loss of life". "We represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it".

"You can not imagine how I feel", he said.

Tarrant states in his writings that he took inspiration from many others, but most notably from Anders Breivik, a Norwegian far-right terrorist who killed eight people in an Oslo vehicle bombing in July 2011 in addition to shooting dead 69 other individuals at a summer camp for youth members of Norway's Labor Party.

Home to almost 400,000 people, Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand's South Island. "Our city has changed forever today", Mayor Lianne Dalziel said in a statement. "This is probably the last thing on our mind living in New Zealand that this will ever happen". Two mosques were targeted in the attack. He claimed to represent Europeans and whites in a battle against immigrants, people he repeatedly described as "invaders".

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand Saturday
49 Dead In 'Terrorist Attack' At 2 Mosques In Christchurch, New Zealand

Leading members of America's alt-right... "They have no place in New Zealand".

"We are a very diverse society, we have over 200 ethnicities, 160 languages.we have been very welcoming to outsiders", Banks said Friday.

"We think also of our Cook Islands community in Christchurch and in New Zealand, with so many of our people who have made their homes there".

Ardern, wearing a black headscarf, met with survivors and victims' families Saturday at a college which has become an information centre for those affected by the tragedy.

World leaders condemned the violence and offered condolences, with President Donald Trump tweeting, "We stand in solidarity with New Zealand".

The alleged gunman reportedly streamed 17 minutes of the attack on Facebook.

"I have asked our agencies this morning to work swiftly on assessing whether there was any activity on social media or otherwise, that should have triggered a response". Bush said it would be "improper" to confirm the identity of the person charged at this point. 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.

Facebook, Twitter and Google scrambled to take down the gunman's video, which was widely available on social media for hours after the bloodbath. Words can not describe the pain we are feeling for you.

This is a developing story.

The court was closed to the public over safety concerns, however a number of people gathered outside ahead of his appearance, including a man who told reporters his father was one of the victims. We will update as the situation develops.

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