Nine missing after Christchurch mosque attacks

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 17, 2019

The tragic attack saw 41 people killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, whilst seven others were killed at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and one person died later at Christchurch Hospital.

Among the victims was Atta Elayyan, 33, who served as goalkeeper on New Zealand's national futsal team (futsal is an indoor variant of soccer).

Christchurch residents including the Muslim community are mourning the victims of the attacks.

"He always seemed to embody the philosophies of the fitness industry which is that we are inclusive and we accept all shapes of sizes and all fitness abilities and we are here to help and improve and help people", she said. "He enjoyed freedom there and never complained about anything", Muath said.

She asserted that New Zealand "will not and can not be shaken" by this attack.

Tarrant was one of three people arrested in connection with the shootings.

Over the weekend Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza held vigils to honor the victims of the massacre, in which 49 people were killed.

The suspected gunman livestreamed video of the attack and posted a lengthy manifesto online under the name of Brenton Tarrant.

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the gunman meant to continue his attack if he hadn't been stopped.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush announced the latest death in a news conference on Sunday.

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Police said they were aware of a video shared online and broadcast live during the attack, which apparently showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire.

Another of Daoud's sons, Yama, was on the way to the mosque - to make up with his father after a small falling out - when he bumped into a friend outside who told him "your father saved my life".

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters on Saturday, saying a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered. "Two do remain critical, and we also have one child being well looked after at hospital in Christchurch".

The man facing murder charges was an Australian citizen who had spent a lot of time travelling overseas and spent time only sporadically in New Zealand, Ardern said. He also published a 74-page white nationalist manifesto in which he denounced Muslims and called immigrants "invaders".

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that at least four Palestinians were among those killed, but acknowledged they could have been counted by Jordan or other countries.

Mr Bush, who had earlier called the attack a "very well-planned event", said the suspect was not known to police either in New Zealand or Australia. The other two remain in custody but their role in the shootings remains unclear. Five guns were used by the primary perpetrator, including two semi-automatic weapons, and two shotguns, she added.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or were on watchlists in New Zealand or Australia.

He was likely to face further charges, police said.

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