New Zealand mosque attack death toll rises to 50

Lamar Ellis
March 17, 2019

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern awed American gun control advocates Friday night when she announced that her administration would promptly pursue changes to her country's gun laws following the shooting deaths of 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch-in stark contrast to the response of the US government to similar attacks.

A day after he gunned down 49 people who were attending Friday prayers in two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand, the main suspect Brenton Harrison Tarrant was charged with one count of murder Saturday.

Police said three people were in custody.

His relatives in the Australian town of Grafton, in New South Wales, contacted police after learning of the shooting and were helping with the investigation, local authorities said.

In a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump yesterday, Ms Ardern said the best help he could provide in the wake of the Christchurch attack would be sympathy and love for Muslim communities.

A story of true heroism is emerging from the horrific terror attacks on innocent Muslims in New Zealand.

"I was very happy to hear the prime minister's comments this morning that there will be a change in the gun law, but I can't say any more than that", he told reporters on Saturday. "There are obviously questions being asked of how this person was able to enter the country and undertake this act of terror", the premier said.

The Daraghmehs are of Palestinian origin, but have Jordanian citizenship, like several others listed as Jordanian nationals among those killed and wounded in the mosque attacks.

Tarrant was remanded into custody and is expected to appear in court again on April 5.

United in grief New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Muslim community representatives
Camera Icon United in grief New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Muslim community

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ms Ardern said in Wellington.

"Our gun law will be changed", the prime minister said.

Forty-nine people were killed and dozens more were left injured in two separate attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.

- AP In this photo released by New Zealand Prime Minister's Office, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to representatives of the Muslim community, Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"The terrorist attack appeared to have been carried out by a white nationalist who posted a racist manifesto online and streamed live video of the killings on Facebook", reports The New York Times. He showed no expression as District Court Judge Paul Kellar read one charge of murder to him.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", said Ardern.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or were on watchlists in New Zealand or Australia.

We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance. I also want to say that the number of injured is also 50. There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only five million, but the country has had low levels of gun violence.

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Brenton Tarrant posted a 73-page manifesto on twitter before he started to kill people, he described them as a terrorist attack. Qureshi said that he has made contact with Pakistan's ambassador to New Zealand to gather details of the terror attack.

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