Foreigners among those killed and wounded in New Zealand mosque attacks

Foreigners among those killed and wounded in New Zealand mosque attacks

I have been in contact this morning with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to express the UK's deepest condolences at the horrifying terrorist attack that took place at two mosques in Christchurch.

The 59-year-old Canadian songwriter was due to appear at Hagley Park in the New Zealand city on Sunday, but has since put the concert on hold following the tragic attack.

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".

Law enforcement officials in other cities across the country, including NY and Los Angeles, have also said they are increasing security forces at mosques in response to the shooting. "Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities - New Zealand is their home - they are us".

A few minutes later, broadcasting his journey on a live Facebook stream and listening to the British Grenadiers marching song, he walked casually into a mosque and raised his rifle to the first person he saw.

In the video, the killer spends more than two minutes inside the mosque spraying terrified worshippers with gunfire. "The horrific active shooter scenario at a mosque is something we all pray never happens (but) there is no active intelligence that there is any immediate threat in the U.S. But we can not be complacent".

After going back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his auto, where the song "Fire" by the English rock band The Crazy World of Arthur Brown can be heard blasting. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said.

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Currently, New Zealand restricts the purchase of "military-style semi-automatic weapons" to those 18 or older. He also had more assault weapons in the trunk of his vehicle, along with what appeared to be explosives.

She confirmed that the gunman and two suspected associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies, even though he had published a manifesto online indicating plans for attacks on Muslims.

The primary suspect was an Australian citizen who "travelled sporadically to New Zealand and stayed for varied amount of time", Ardern told reporters.

In tweets and a Facebook post late Thursday evening, Scheer condemned an attack on freedom and "peaceful worshippers" but did not make note of the fact the worshippers were Muslims.

President Donald Trump railed against illegal immigration on the southern border on Friday, after condemning the mass shooting at a New Zealand Mosque.

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