Saudi man killed in New Zealand mosque attack

Leroy Wright
March 17, 2019

Political and religious leaders around the world expressed disgust and sorrow at the deadly shooting at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, with some blaming politicians and the media for having stoked hatred of Muslims that led to the attack.

Spanish Premier Pedro Sanchez said his thoughts were with the victims, families and government of New Zealand after attacks by "fanatics and extremists who want to destroy our societies".

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the people detained was an Australian-born citizen.

The suspected gunman who killed dozens of people in New Zealand is an Australian "racist eco-fascist" who posted a 74-page manifesto online before the shootings and described Donald Trump as a "symbol of white supremacy".

Two explosives attached to the suspects' cars were discovered and disarmed.

PM Jacinda Ardern said it was an "extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and that those "directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees". Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, speaking on Checkpoint, said the country had been robbed of its "innocence", while Andrew Little, the justice minister, affirmed, "There is no place for hate in New Zealand". Two others remain in custody.

Armed police were deployed after first receiving reports of the shootings at 1:40 p.m. Friday local time.

Ardern added: "This is not who we are".

One person was killed and several others were injured.

Three men and one woman have been arrested in connection to the attack.

"The horrific active shooter scenario at a mosque is something we all pray never happens, there is no active intelligence that there is any immediate threat in the US". Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team said the team was close to where the shooting occurred, but was safe.

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The situation was also considered as not limited to Christchurch and Bush asked "anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go".

Luton has extended a wave of sympathy to New Zealand following shocking news at least 49 people were shot dead in terror attacks outside two mosques.

The man accused of killing 49 people at two New Zealand mosques appeared in court Saturday where he was charged with murder. Miller said. "What we see is no significant USA nexus".

"Our thoughts and prayers are always with people involved in all attacks", Mr Miah said.

The attack took place on Friday afternoon in New Zealand's capital.

The city was placed on lockdown immediately after the attacks at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques, where worshippers had gathered for Friday prayers.

The news has taken over worldwide media with broadcasters including CNN, BBC and CNBC going live to New Zealand - the worst shooting attack to ever take place in the country.

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the awful massacre in the Mosques". We stand together in solidarity with them. "We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we're aware", she said.

Among the deceased, 10 people were killed at the Linwood Islamic Centre while 30 others at the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch.

Police have urged all mosques across New Zealand to shut their doors. Dunedin is a city near the southern tip of New Zealand, around 225 miles from Christchurch.

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