New Zealand mosque suspect lauded racist, violent extremism

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand on Friday. Multiple people are in custody after shootings at two mosques there

He was remanded without a plea until his next appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5.

A suspect, described by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as an "extremist, right-wing" terrorist, has been arrested and charged with murder.

The gunman broadcast footage of the attack on one of the mosques in the city of Christchurch on social media. He then walks outside, where he shoots at people on the sidewalk.

Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed. The camera attached to his head recording the massacre follows the barrel of his weapon, like some macabre video game.

On Saturday, outside one of the two mosques, 32-year-old Ash Mohammed pushed through police barricades in hopes of finding out what happened to his father and two brothers, whose cellphones rang unanswered.

The unnamed man went home to retrieve his gun when the shooting broke out before returning to the Linwood mosque to engage the shooter.

But Yasalar said there is no escaping the horrendous magnitude of the events in Christchurch. He wrote that an attack in New Zealand would show that no place on earth was safe and that even a country as far away as New Zealand is subject to mass immigration.

Police said the alleged shooter was arrested in a auto, which was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called.

Two other suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand - a country so peaceful that police officers rarely carry guns.

She said inquires were ongoing to establish whether the other two were directly involved.

Two semi-automatic weapons, reportedly AR-15s, two shotguns and a lever-action gun were used in the attacks.


Ardern said the country's gun laws will change as a result of the carnage, but she did not specify how.

New Zealand has in the past tried to tighten firearm laws, but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied such efforts.

Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.

There will likely be additional charges, reported CBC News, but the police have yet to release details of what they may be.

Tarrant was not known to the authorities, Bush said, and had no previous convictions. "They have no place in New Zealand". We have seen too many instances of vicious attacks in mosques, synagogues, temples, churches and other houses of worship, and it is time to say, "No More!", reads the statement. One victim died in hospital.

"The wounds from gunshots are often quite significant", Christchurch Hospital's Chief of Surgery Greg Robertson told reporters.

Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several who were born overseas.

Forty-nine people were killed and another 48 injured in shootings at two mosques filled with worshippers during Friday prayers in Christchurch.

The group "Muslims in New Zealand" said it was "overwhelmed" with messages of support in a Tweet. Many, such as the alt-right, are hidden in plain sight, with their proponents given a platform on social media websites - including Facebook, on which one of the terrorists in New Zealand live-streamed his rampage - as well as mainstream Western news outlets.

Victims were from across the Muslim world including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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