Armed Man Chased, Fired On New Zealand Mosque Shooter

17 March, 2019, 00:37 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Tory leader Scheer issues new statement on attacks including mention of Muslims

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer issued two statements on the terrorist attacks in New Zealand on Friday - the second after being criticized for not mentioning in the first that the attack was against Muslims at mosques during their Friday prayers.

"You were quick to mention this is not the New Zealand that you know".

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the attacks the "latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia".

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team, now on tour in New Zealand, said on social media that they had almost been caught up in the tragedy. Gunmen opened fire in two separate mosques in Christchurch on Friday, killing 49 people and wounding 48 others.

A number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after the shootings were defused by police.

Two other people were being held in custody and police were trying to determine how they might be involved.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan echoed those sentiments. The queen also paid tribute to emergency services and volunteers supporting the injured.

Yasmin Ali told New Zealand's 1 News that she lost a close family friend who she loved like a grandfather and now fears she could be targeted just for wearing her headscarf in public.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted that he learned of the attack "with horror and profound sadness".

Moe was asked if he was at all concerned about the safety of Muslims in Saskatchewan following word that Saskatoon police were increasing patrols around mosques in the city. Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said. "London will always celebrate the diversity that some seek to destroy".


Police say homes around a "location of interest" in Dunedin have been evacuated as a precaution.

The visiting Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided the shooting after arriving at the mosque for prayers.

To target Muslims as they were attending their place of worship is despicable. "To move forward as a world, we need to recognize diversity as a source of strength, and not a threat".

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said bigotry in Western countries contributed to the attacks on Muslims in New Zealand.

Afghanistan's Taliban movement - Islamic militants who carry out near-daily attacks on Afghan security forces - also condemned the shooting rampage, calling it an "unforgivable crime".

Gardee urged politicians from around the world to call the shootings a terrorist act.

Officials have not yet confirmed the identity of the man charged, or that Tarrant is the man who appears in a video that was livestreamed on Facebook depicting the attack from the vantage point of the gunman. His office said on Twitter that Israel mourns the murder of innocent worshippers, condemns the assault and sends its condolences to bereaved families.

King Salman described the attack as a "heinous massacre" that "underlines the responsibility of the worldwide community to confront the rhetoric of hatred and terrorism".

The suspected gunman rambled on about the supposed aims for the attack, which included reducing immigration by intimidating immigrants and driving a wedge between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Turkish people.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the attack brought back memories of 2011, when anti-Muslim extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 at a youth gathering on a Norwegian island: "It shows that extremism is nurtured and that it lives in many places".

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