New Zealand Arrests Suspects Linked to Mosque Attacks

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 16, 2019

Australian-born 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant appeared in the dock wearing handcuffs and a white prison shirt, sitting impassively as the judge read a single murder charge against him. Tarrant was remanded in custody without plea to the high court in Christchurch on 5 April.

NZ Police closed the Christchurch court to the public over security concerns, but media was able to attend. He was living in Dunedin, a seaside city south of Christchurch, has traveled around the world and spent sporadic periods in New Zealand.

He said there will be a heightened police presence at community events on Saturday "for safety and reassurance".

The New Zealand prime minister went on to say she had instructed the government bodies to 'report to Cabinet on Monday on these events with a view to strengthening our systems on a range of fronts including, but not limited to, firearms, border controls, enhanced information-sharing with Australia, and any practice reinforcement of our watch list processes'.

People caught up in the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand have spoken of their terror as the massacre unfolded. One other died in hospital.

"The offender was in possession of a gun license" obtained in November 2017, and he started purchasing the weapons the following month, she said.

Syed Mazharuddin, who witnessed the Linwood attack, said that attendants were praying when they heard...

'There have been attempts to change our laws in 2005, 2012 and after an inquiry in 2017. Now is the time for change, ' Ms Ardern said at the press conference.

She confirmed that the gunman and two suspected associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies, even though he had published a manifesto online indicating plans for attacks on Muslims.

Another witness, Mahmood Nasir, said everyone ran to the back doors to save themselves.

One man, blood stains across his shirt, told AAP he hid under a bench and pretended to stop breathing as the gunman reloaded seven times.

"He went to all the different (rooms) and he shot everyone", he said.

Notification of a shooting at the second mosque followed, before video emerged of police ramming a auto and pulling out the occupant. We, New Zealand, we were not a target because we are a safe harbour for those who hate. But I also want to send a message to those directly affected.

A 17-minute video appeared online, taken from a helmet camera showed a shooter in his auto, arming himself, getting out of the vehicle and entering the mosque where he started shooting. Authorities rushed to stop it circulating.

Rashid, who was originally from Abbottabad in Pakistan, worked for a bank there before moving to New Zealand to work as a teacher.

Green Leader Elizabeth May did not mention Muslims in her first Tweet but retweeted several others who did.

I have spoken this evening to the mayor of Christchurch and I intend to speak this evening to the Imam.

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