Mosque attack hero 'saved many more lives by grabbing terrorist's gun'

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 17, 2019

Australian man Brenton Tarrant faced court on Saturday charged with one count of murder in relation to the attacks.

"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. Ardern suggested Tarrant's acquisition of five such firearms indicates more gun control is needed.

"I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today", she said.

The competition-leading Central Districts will be presented with the trophy next week at Hamilton's Seddon Park, after the sole other remaining contender, Canterbury, withdrew from its concurrent final match of the season in response to yesterday's terrorist attacks in Christchurch.

The court was closed to the public over safety concerns, however a number of people gathered outside ahead of his appearance, including a man who told reporters his father was one of the victims.

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

One person died in Christchurch hospital last night and staff are treating 42 patients, ranging from young children to adults, with gunshot wounds.

A leader is never more needed or valued as in a time of crisis, and for the people of Christchurch and New Zealand their Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been a pillar of strength.

At least 49 people are confirmed dead, with more than 40 people injured following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon.

At least 49 people have died, seven at Linwood Masjid Mosque and 41 at Masjid Al Noor Mosque.

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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.

Dozens more were wounded when Tarrant opened fire on worshippers in two mosques.

"New Zealand is united in grief", she 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.

In a video filmed from his hospital bed Alsati asked people to "please pray for me and my daughter", who has been flown to Auckland for treatment.

The firearms included two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action weapon, she said, speaking to reporters in Wellington before heading to Christchurch.

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.

US President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose". "Lots of love for our Muslim brothers", read a handwritten card on a wall of flowers in a historic part of the city that stretched a full block.

They shared a video message from musicians SOL3MIO, who dedicated a song to "New Zealand, and to family and friends".

Her stance was welcomed by New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

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