Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Killer had guns authorities had 'never seen used in Australia or NZ

Killer had guns authorities had 'never seen used in Australia or NZ

Wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant appeared handcuffed and barefoot. Tarrant did not apply to have the judge suppress his name from the media, Australian broadcaster ABC reports. But the 87-page manifesto posted on social media just before the shooting began was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim screeds and explanations for an attack. In gruesome video footage, which The Post is not publishing, the attacker approaches the entrance to the mosque and raises his weapon.

"Even if you ask someone about the natural disaster today they will start crying, so this tragedy will stay in the heart of everyone", says Raj Sandhu, 25, who moved to New Zealand from India three years ago, and came to the Al Noor mosque to pay his respects.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Friday night that a man had been charged with murder.

The shooter live-streamed the assault on Facebook.

"There is a prime suspect and perpetrator of this attack but the police are ensuring that they include an investigation to give assurance that there are no ongoing threats to the people of Christchurch or New Zealand", she said. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.

Two semi-automatic weapons, reportedly AR-15s, two shotguns and a lever-action gun were used in the attacks.

"Shocked and strongly condemn the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack on mosques".

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", she told reporters.

National carrier Air New Zealand canceled at least 17 flights in and out of Christchurch, saying it couldn't properly screen customers and their baggage following the shootings.

He sustained a head injury, which was not believed to be serious, and was kept in hospital for treatment, the police added. Christchurch Hospital continued to care for 36 wounded in the shootings, including 11 critically injured.

The Christchurch, NZ shootings left 49 dead and dozens more injured in what was by far the deadliest shooting in modern New Zealand history. The alleged gunman spends more than two minutes inside the mosque spraying terrified worshippers with bullets, sometimes re-firing at people he has already cut down.

"This is an attack on the entire community".

He said Muslims at a Levenshulme mosque "beamed" when they saw his act. I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.

"Not at all, this is New Zealand man, multicultural you know".

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".

Political across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims.

Pacific Islands Forum Chair and president of Nauru Baron Waqa expressed his "deepest condolences" to the people and government of New Zealand on what he called a sad day for Christchurch and a sad day for the region.

This handout picture released by the office of New Zealand Prime Minister shows New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meeting with the representatives of the refugee centre during a visit to the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. The inverse of this phenomenon is, of course, that it gives oxygen to the propaganda machine of radical fringe elements spreading hatred against the West and religious minorities in Muslim countries, thus perpetuating an unending cycle of hate.

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