"So, So Sorry, This Isn't Us": New Zealand Mourns Mosque Shooting Victims

Sergio Cunningham
March 16, 2019

Judge Paul Kellar said although Tarrant was facing only one murder charge, it was "reasonable to assume there will be other charges".

"The individual charged with murder had not come to the attention of the intelligence community, nor the police, for extremism", she said.

The Christchurch suspect's manifesto also used various hate symbols associated with the Nazis and white supremacy.

Both mosques were full of worshippers attending Friday prayers when the shootings occurred. The camera attached to his head recording the massacre follows the barrel of his weapon, like some macabre video game.

"We mourn the heartbreaking killings of men, women and children gathered for prayer in their houses of worship and urge leaders in our nation and worldwide to speak out forcefully against the growing anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that appears to have motivated these white supremacist terrorists", CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement.

Benabdallah told reporters Friday in Quebec City those who suffered through the 2017 attack are now reeling again.

The unnamed man went home to retrieve his gun when the shooting broke out before returning to the Linwood mosque to engage the shooter. He said they had disabled one and were in the process of disabling the second. Police also defused explosive devices in a vehicle.

Players and members of the team's coaching staff were reportedly on their bus, approaching the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park when the shooting broke out.

Idrahim Hindy said the mass shooting in New Zealand evoked horrific memories of the mosque attack in Quebec two years ago.

Canadian Muslims have expressed their sadness and shock at the shooting deaths of 49 worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand.

Thirty nine people remain in hospital, 11 of whom are in critical condition in an intensive care unit.

"When innocent people die it does not matter which country, which religion you belong to, which city you belong to, it hurts", he told CP24.

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Christchurch Hospital said it was treating 48 patients for gunshot wounds, CNN reported. "If they are not of our people, but live in our lands, they must be removed". Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several of whom were born overseas.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating quake in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people.

Before Ms Ardern's announcement, former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark told the ABC that while the country had gun control, there was room for improvement.

"I would not describe him as a long-term resident", she said.

The family had fled Somalia in the mid-1990s as refugees and resettled in New Zealand.

"I'm not sure how to deal with this".

Even if you don't live in New Zealand, there are ways you can help the survivors and families of the victims. "In New Zealand, only licensed gun owners may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition".

Ardern said the country's gun laws will change as a result of the carnage, but she did not specify how.

One global survey conducted in 2018 placed New Zealand as the world's safest country.

"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".

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle. The suspected attacker had bought five guns legally.

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