New Zealand PM Says Got "Manifesto" From Gunman "9 Minutes Before Attack"

Lamar Ellis
March 17, 2019

One additional victim was found at the Dean Ave Mosque.

An overwhelmed hospital was forced to delay surgeries as it struggled to cope with the sheer number of wounded. Christchurch Hospital on Saturday said most of the victims were men aged between 30 and 60, but children and women were also involved.

TESSA BURROWS via Getty ImagesResidents pay respect by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch on Saturday.

Mohamed Hassan, a journalist who lived in New Zealand for most of his life, says Muslims have been grieving alongside numerous other communities.

For nearly 3 days forensics teams have been working through multiple crime scenes - at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques as well as a house in Dunedin, the southeastern city where the Tarrant lived.

"People who were there for my engagement - dead", Ms Ali said.

Wearing a black scarf, Ardern hugged members of the Muslim community at a Christchurch refugee centre, saying she would ensure freedom of religion in New Zealand.

National carrier Air New Zealand said Lilik Abdul Hamid, an aircraft maintenance engineer, was in killed at the Al Noor mosque.

Before Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history took place in 1990 in the small town of Aramoana, where a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor.

The terror attack suspect, who live-streamed for about 17 minutes his rampage through two mosques here, is an Australian-born citizen and is a resident of Dunedin, situated around 360 km south of Christchurch.

People across New Zealand were still trying to come to terms with the massacre that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Ardern confirmed that the suspected gunman had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies for extremism

Meates said at a news conference at the Christchurch hospital that it's "hard to fathom the enormity of this act of terrorism".

Police rammed the suspect's vehicle and arrested him as he drove away from the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

Mr Bainimarama also said his government will be working closely with authorities in New Zealand to monitor the welfare of Fijians in Christchurch.

Ardern said Saturday that she had met with relatives of the victims and their "key concern" was to have access to their loved ones' remains for burial.

"By the time we were advised of that email, the attack had taken place". "That obviously leads to an Australian-based investigation and all of our inquiries here will be absolutely shared and communicated with New Zealand authorities".

Ardern said the suspect was a licensed gun owner who bought the five guns used in the crimes legally.

The video showed the killer was carrying a shotgun and two fully automatic military assault rifles, with an extra magazine taped to one of the weapons so that he could reload quickly.

A fourth person was arrested yesterday in the wake of the shootings, but has been released without charge.

He also reached out to the Muslim community in Christchurch and in New Zealand.

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.

"Fijian hearts are breaking for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand - a place where an atrocity of this nature is shocking nearly beyond comprehension".

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