Jacinda Ardern's office received manifesto from Christchurch shooter minutes before attack

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

Abdikina Ali-Hassarn and his family moved to New Zealand from Somalia four years ago and were regular worshippers at the Linwood mosque.

Muslims with at least 10 different nationalities fell victim to right-wing terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand's third largest city Christchurch on Friday.

The statement added that a range of activities must be completed before names can be released publicly, "this includes next of kin notifications, which, in many cases, will have worldwide aspects to them".

Police officials said they understand the religious duty of the Islamic faith to bury the deceased as soon as possible and are "working closely with the Chief Coroner to do everything possible to expedite the process".

They said they were saddened by the "senseless" attacks.

The terrorist who led an attack in which 50 people were gunned down in two mosques is believed to have travelled to Britain on a two-month tour of Europe which galvinised his extremism, the Telegraph can reveal.

Ms Ardern held a series of meetings in Christchurch on Saturday to assure the Muslim community their safety was top priority.

"He will certainly face the justice system of New Zealand for the terrorist attack that he has committed here", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters. Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said.

"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".

"I can tell you one thing right now: our gun laws will change", said Ardern on Friday.

Police have not released the names of those killed in the attack, but charging documents listed one of the victims as Salwa Mirwan Mohamad.

"This is not New Zealand", she told a group at the city's refugee centre.

"By the time we were advised of that email, the attack had taken place".

"I want to give assurances that [if it had] provided details that could have been acted upon immediately, it would have been", she said. He was hoping semi-automatics were not banned, but he and his shooting friends were buying the weapons, which can cost anything from NZ$600 (US$400) upwards.

Mr Adeeb Sami's trip to New Zealand was supposed to be joyful - a chance for the Dubai-based father to surprise his twin children in time for their birthday.

Tarrant, 28, who was living in Dunedin but is from Grafton, NSW, has been charged with one count of murder.

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

There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only 5 million, but it has had low levels of gun violence.

One person at the second mosque was being hailed for distracting and confronting the shooter, preventing further deaths.

Pence also affirmed USA cooperation in ensuring all the perpetrators were brought to justice.

On Saturday, the White House said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence spoke with New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on Friday to express condolences for "the despicable terror attacks".

"Fijian hearts are breaking for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand - a place where an atrocity of this nature is shocking nearly beyond comprehension".

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