50 dead in terror attack at New Zealand mosques

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 17, 2019

"This was received by over 30 recipients nine minutes before guns were fired".

Within two minutes of its receipt, Ms Ardern said the email - which she confirmed she had read parts of - was forwarded by her office to parliamentary security.

They said they were saddened by the "senseless" attacks.

In emotional scenes, Ardern earlier met mourning members of the Muslim community in Wellington. "Police will continue to maintain a presence at all Mosques across New Zealand", New Zealand Police tweeted on Sunday.

Police and military personnel walk at the carpark compound of the district court after Friday's mosque attacks, in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2019.

Now, in the wake of that horrific mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, Kim Kardashian has come out in support of leaders in the country who have vowed to change its gun laws.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the shooter, an Australian native, had chosen to strike in New Zealand "because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion".

Christchurch Hospital Head of Surgery Dr Greg Robertson described how he watched the first victims arrive in private cars, followed by ambulance after ambulance.

"We struggling with it as much as everyone else".

Police said three people were in custody including a man in his late 20s who's been charged with murder.

Following the horrendous massacre, a 28-year-old Australian man, Brenton Tarrant, has been charged with murder.

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Tarrant was remanded into custody and is expected to appear in court again on April 5. But the 87-page document, also posted on social media just before the shooting began, was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim screeds.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police were working with pathologists and coroners to release the bodies as soon as they could.

However, because none of the bodies have been returned to the victims' families because of the investigation, many having been unable to bury their dead within the 24 hours customary in Islam.

"We have to be absolutely clear on the cause of death and confirm their identity before that can happen", he said. But Bush said police are aware of the Muslim faith's requirement for a prompt burial.

The atrocities took place in Masjid Al Noor mosque, where at least 41 people were killed and another seven were shot dead inside the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque.

One man at the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood was hailed for distracting and confronting the shooter, preventing further deaths. And at a news conference later on Friday, according to a pool report, one reporter asked the president if he saw a rise in white nationalism around the world.

Police then rammed the gunman's vehicle and arrested him.

The suspect was apprehended in his auto by two police officers.

The country is already mourning, with many people grieving at makeshift memorials in Christchurch, while vigils and church services are being held elsewhere.

The suspect had a New Zealand firearms licence that he obtained in 2017. A couple apprehended at a cordon for carrying firearms not believe to be involved in the attacks, Bush said.

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