Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

'Heartfelt grief and sorrow' - Pacific pledges solidarity after Christchurch mosque attacks

'Heartfelt grief and sorrow' - Pacific pledges solidarity after Christchurch mosque attacks

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said that gun laws will be reformed after the attacks, as legislation allowed the suspect the legally obtain a semi-automatic weapon. "Two do remain critical, and we also have one child being well looked after at hospital in Christchurch".

Bush also said that two people arrested around the time suspect Brenton Harrison Tarrant was apprehended are not believed to have been involved in the attacks on two mosques Friday.

Tarrant is 28 and was arraigned Saturday on the first of many expected murder charges.

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.

At least one Palestinian died, Palestine's ambassador to Australia and New Zealand said in a statement.

Tarrant, described by Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison as an "extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", expressed admiration for other violent white nationalists and his intention to "create an atmosphere of fear" and to "incite violence" against Muslims.

The third cricket test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, whose team were on a bus approaching one of the mosques with the attack underway, was canceled on Friday. Our gun laws will change, ' she declared during a news conference.

"If this evil thinks we will stop going to our mosque here or stop doing our worship to our god, Allah, we can not ever stop", Linwood mosque Imam Ibrahim Abdelhalim said.

There were two attacks on Friday in Christchurch - one at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park, and one at the Linwood Masjid Mosque in the suburb of Linwood. She also says New Zealand will make "weekly compensation" available to victims' dependents on an ongoing basis.


The staff member monitoring the accounts sent it to parliamentary services as soon as they saw it, who sent it to police, the spokesman said.

A message card is placed at a collection of flowers left at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Questions have been raised about why Tarrant had not appeared on a watchlist of New Zealand or Australian security agencies.

Tarrant posted a manifesto online before the attack, suggesting a racially-motivated act of terrorism. At least 49 people were killed, while dozens more were injured.

- 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. Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population.

It is reported that the man who has been charged with murder is named Brenton Tarrant.

"A category-A firearm holder can purchase the firearms without the magazines or the things that will enable them to be in the state that they were", Bush said.

Speaking to reporters later, Ardern said the country's gun laws will change in the aftermath of the attack on Christchurch mosques by Brendon Terrant, the Aurtralia-born terrorist behind the carnage.

"When people, of course, hear that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that", Ms Ardern said.

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