Chicago Muslim groups step up security after New Zealand mosque attacks

Tabitha Dunn
March 16, 2019

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin condemned Friday's terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand, in which at least 49 worshippers were killed.

Tarrant, who grew up in the New South Wales town of Grafton, had been living in the southern city of Dunedin, about 360km south of Christchurch.

Tarrant did not apply for bail or to have his name suppressed and has been remanded in custody. A raft of further charges are expected. "The horrific active shooter scenario at a mosque is something we all pray never happens (but) there is no active intelligence that there is any immediate threat in the U.S. But we can not be complacent". He is "sickened" that the shooter said to "subscribe to PewDiePie" in a video before the shooting.

She said inquires were ongoing to establish whether the other two were directly involved.

'While work has been done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change, ' Ms Ardern told media.

A vigil was held at Nathan Phillips Square to honour the victims of two mass shootings at New Zealand mosques.

There was a heavy police presence at the hospital where families of the more than 40 wounded had gathered.

CNN cites a 2015 study that reported New Zealand had an adjusted rate of about 1 gun death per 100,000 people, while in 2017, the United States has an adjusted rate of 12 gun deaths per 100,000 people.

Omar Nabi speaks to the media about losing his father Haji Daoud in the mosque attacks, at the district court in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2019. In a Friday tweet, he also criticized the West for "defending demonization of Muslims as 'freedom of expression'".

The suspect who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for the attack.

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The national security threat level was raised from low to high. I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. We, New Zealand, we were not a target because we are a safe harbour for those who hate.

Ardern said one suspect was Australian-born and all had what she described as extremist views.

Launch Good, a crowdfunding platform that focuses on the Muslim community, launched a campaign.

Political and Islamic leaders across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the shooting an "unprecendented attack of violence".

"I heard three quick shots, then after about 10 seconds it started again", said the man, who did not wish to be named.

A Turkish offcial said Ankara had also opened an inquiry after it emerged the man had made several visits to Turkey.

He had livestreamed the shooting on Facebook.

Police said 41 people died at the Deans Avenue mosque and seven died at the Linwood Avenue mosque.

The shootings occurred at two different mosques in two separate locations, and police advised mosques across the country to "shut their doors".

It said Conservatives stand with Muslims around the world to "reaffirm our commitment to building a world where every people, of every faith, can live in freedom and peace together". One mosque in Vancouver shared images of their front gates on Twitter.

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