New Zealand terror attack

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 17, 2019

The suspected attacker, who identifies himself as 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, reportedly acquired a gun license in November 2017.

Wearing handcuffs and a white prison shirt, the Australia-born former fitness instructor and self-professed fascist sat impassively as the judge read the charge against him.

She repeated the messages she has heard from survivors: "This is not the New Zealand they know".

Tarrant was arrested in a auto, which police said was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called.

The attack is the worst shooting in the country's history and has seen its threat level raised to high for the first time.

The video footage showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.

Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch.

Mohamed Hassan, a journalist who lived in New Zealand for most of his life, says Muslims have been grieving alongside numerous other communities.

Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque.

Whether it was at her media conference in the immediate aftermath of the Christchurch mosque massacre on Friday or comforting the devastated Muslim community in the shaken city yesterday, the 38-year-old leader has displayed the right balance of strength and compassion in the aftermath of the atrocity that killed 49 and injured 39 more.

One person died in Christchurch hospital last night and staff are treating 42 patients, ranging from young children to adults, with gunshot wounds.

Four New Zealand women hugged each other outside the cordon. "But we are so aware of the cultural and religious needs, so we are doing that as quickly and sensitively as possible", Bush said.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed Tarrant was involved in both shootings but stopped short of saying he was the sole gunman.

"She came here for the peace.now she is shocked", he said, adding his mother was too afraid to leave her house.

"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".

Later in the day, it emerged that he used five guns in Friday's attack, including two shotguns and two semi-automatic weapons. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.

She is calling for gun reform in the wake of the killings.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media on March 16 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

She did not offer too much detail, but said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be looked at.

President Donald Trump, who has a record of Islamophobic rhetoric, online behavior and policies, tweeted out his "warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand.

"This act of terror was brought to our shores and rained down upon us".

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