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

New Zealand terror attack

New Zealand terror attack

New Zealand Prime Minsiter Jacinda Ardern said during a visit to Christchurch, NZ on Saturday that the main suspect in the shootings at two mosques in the city had meant to "continue his attack".

Dramatic cellphone footage from a passerby captured the tense scene of the arrest.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday.

Police said the suspect took seven minutes to travel to the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven people were killed.

He also reached out to the Muslim community in Christchurch and in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Red Cross has published a list of missing persons on its website.

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

Tarrant is set to appear before New Zealand's High Court on April 5.

Linda Armstrong, 65, who had sponsored a child from Bangladesh, died at Lynwood mosque as well.

Meanwhile, 20 people specialising in preparing bodies for Muslim burial will be brought in from Auckland and Wellington to assist in funeral preparations and prayers for the victims.

"But that arrest was tangential to this matter and we do not believe that he was involved in this attack either", he said. "What I've sought from [security] agencies is further work to ascertain whether or not he should have been". Afghanistan's embassy in Canberra named Nabi as one of two Afghans killed in the attack.

42-year-old Husne Ara Parvin from Bangladesh was shot dead when she was rushing to the male section of the mosque hoping that she could save her wheelchair-bound husband, according to one of her relatives who spoke to local media.

Throughout the hearing, Tarrant, who had a cut on his upper lip, remained silent and looked at the media persons in the public gallery.

Ardern declined to discuss more details until she'd talked to her Cabinet, the group of top lawmakers that guides policies.

Mohammad Imran Khan, a 47-year-old man who owned two restaurants in Christchurch died in the Lynwood mosque.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters on Saturday, saying a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

During the emotional service the woman all held a placard with the words: "Peace will save the world #Solidarity with New Zealand mosque victims".

Police warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand" in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.

"Unfortunately, we are all too familiar with the devastating effect a mass shooting has on a faith community", said Meryl Ainsman, chair of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

"Across all religions, our houses of worship are a source of refuge, of prayer, and of love; to see such a heinous and hate-filled act occur in what should be places of peace is the darkest of evils".

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