Trump offers condolences to New Zealand following mosque attacks

Lamar Ellis
March 17, 2019

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Witnesses described the shooter as dressed in a bulletproof vest and a helmet as he opened fire at the Masjid Al Noor mosque at 1:40 p.m. local time, where there could have been as many as 300 people praying.

One person was killed and several others were injured.

"So we will definitely make sure that we keep you posted on everything that is happening there", she finished.

"It feeds extremism and terrorism and leads to such brutal terrorist attacks", the statement added.

Members of the royal family have expressed their sadness after hearing the horrific news that two mosques in New Zealand were attacked.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Friday night that a man had been charged with murder. Two others, whose roles remain unclear, are in custody. Let all Christians pray for healing of people, interfaith relations and New Zealand itself.

On a now-deleted Twitter account, the attacker posted a 74-page manifesto, titled "The Great Replacement", just before the attack.

The framing of the video, which shows only the gunman's hands holding the gun as he shoots and reloads, is eerily similar to the style of a first-person shooter video game. Police said the manifesto contains conspiracy theories and echoes white nationalism seen at protests that resulted in violence in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.

Tarrant said that the attacks were inspired by Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, according to The Telegraph.

Gym manager Tracey Gray confirmed the man who filmed the attack and streamed it online was Tarrant. "He worked in our program that offered free training to kids in the community, and was very passionate about that".

United States President Donald Trump also shared his condolences on Twitter with the families of those affected by the attacks.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives a press conference from Wellington. Credit PA
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives a press conference from Wellington. Credit PA

"Given the fact that this happened at a mosque and there is such freedom in New Zealand - I think that's what's really hurt the psyche - the heartbeat of the country".

There was a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque that killed at least 10 people.

Police said the investigation extended 360 kilometers (240 miles) to the south, where homes in Dunedin were evacuated around a "location of interest". "Additional patients with gunshot wounds presented to other health facilities in the community", the health authority said. He added a number of firearms were recovered from the two mosques.

In Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the biggest party in the country's ruling coalition, said one Malaysian had been wounded in the attack, which he described as a "tragedy facing humanity and universal peace".

"This is requiring every police and emergency resource that we have available", he said.

"I think New Zealand is a peace-loving nation". Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team had gone to a mosque near Hagley Park by bus and were about to go inside when the incident took place.

New Zealand is also generally considered to be welcoming to migrants and refugees. He labelled it a "right-wing extremist attack".

There have also been numerous tributes from across the sporting world.

"At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders", she said in her message.

Before Friday, New Zealand's worst mass shooting was in 1990 when a gun-mad loner killed 13 men, women and children in a 24-hour rampage in the tiny seaside village of Aramoana.

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team, now on tour in New Zealand, said they had almost been caught up in the tragedy.

"Entire team got saved from active shooters!"

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