Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

New Zealand Shooting: Man, 28, Appears In Court After Mosque Attacks

New Zealand Shooting: Man, 28, Appears In Court After Mosque Attacks

NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller said Australian police would investigate to help New Zealand authorities and also "make sure that he hasn't slipped through the cracks" in Australia, but said there were "no links back to New South Wales at the moment". Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several of whom were born overseas.

As New Zealand tried to come to terms with shootings at two Christchurch mosques, which police said left 49 dead and dozens injured, witnesses recounted what they saw as a gunman opened fire on worshippers. In Scotland, the shooting of 16 students and a teacher in March 1996 prompted the banning of private ownership of handguns in the United Kingdom, and after the Port Arthur massacre where 35 people were killed in a series of shootings, Austrailia enacted widespread tightening of gun laws.

Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonization of Muslims.

Asked by a reporter in Washington if he thought white nationalism is a rising threat around the world, Trump said: "I don't really. I guess if you look at what happened in New Zealand perhaps that's a case, I don't know enough about it yet".

Genuis, an Edmonton-area MP, and fellow Conservative MP Kelly Block of Saskatchewan were to co-host the reception with Cox, who has shown support for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and has said she believes Muslims are trying to destroy Western democracies with Shariah law.

Political and Islamic leaders across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims. Genuis initially rejected calls to follow suit, calling it a talk on human rights, and accused Sgro on social media of retreating only after she remembered this is an election year. "1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror".

Witness Mohan Ibrahim said he was one of 200 people in the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch when he heard shots fired.

A 17-minute video appeared online, taken from a helmet camera showed a shooter in his auto, arming himself, getting out of the vehicle and entering the mosque where he started shooting.

He visited Bulgaria from November 9-15 previous year claiming he wanted "to visit historical sites and study the history of the Balkan country", Bulgaria's public prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said, adding that the inquiry would establish if this was "correct or if he had other objectives".

The Aramoana shooting led to changes in the nation's gun laws, and a review that was already underway in 1995, gained more momentum after shootings in Scotland and Australia.

The visiting Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided the shooting after arriving at the mosque for prayers.

'As soon as new Zealanders hear that someone was able to legally acquire, as I'm advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun-laws and that is why we will respond swiftly'. "This is your home and you should have been safe here" the caption read.

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