New Zealand Mosque Shootings Put Focus on Country's Firearms

New Zealand Mosque Shootings Put Focus on Country's Firearms

The suspect is expected to appear in Christchurch District Court on Saturday morning local time, according to New Zealand Police.

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

Christchurch is a city of about 400,000 residents, still recovering from a massive quake in 2011 that killed 187 people.

The suspected gunman who killed dozens of people in New Zealand is an Australian "racist eco-fascist" who posted a 74-page manifesto online before the shootings and described Donald Trump as a "symbol of white supremacy".

New Zealand is not at home with such bloodshed.

"We will find a time and a place for us to come together and to share that sense of grief and loss, but also that sense of love and compassion and support".

Members of the Madinah Masjid mosque arrive for Jumu'ah prayer service on Danforth Ave. on Friday, March 15, 2019.

"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.

New Zealand law enforcement is working with Australian intelligence and police in the "wide-reaching" investigation, the commissioner said.

'We haven't seen these assault weapons used in Australia and New Zealand, ' Mr Barton told ABC News.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the people detained was an Australian-born citizen.

New South Wales Police also issued a statement assuring Australia's Muslim community that there were no specific threats domestically.

Members of a family react outside the mosque following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday.

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Scrawled in English and several Eastern European languages were the names of numerous historical military figures - many of them Europeans involved in fighting the Ottoman forces in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Omar Nabi said his father Haji-Daoud Nabi, 71, who moved to New Zealand from Afghanistan 30 years ago, was among those killed the Deans Ave Mosque in Christchurch yesterday.

He said his government expressed compassion and solidarity over this "despicable act affecting our neighbours". "We will do whatever we can to help them heal and rise above this awful tragedy".

"I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly", he said.

"My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy". Kiwis stand united in our love and support for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. Photo: Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

"We understand the pain you're feeling at this moment, the loss you are feeling and we are here to ensure this community is respected and embraced and protected", the mayor said.

Meates said at a news conference at the Christchurch hospital that it's "hard to fathom the enormity of this act of terrorism".

"Any loss of life at the hands of extremists regardless of religion, race or colour should be condemned in the strongest of terms".

People began screaming and he "tried to take cover" as the attacker came through the entrance, he said.

New Zealand is generally considered to be a welcoming country for migrants and refugees. Some offered rides to the grocery store or volunteered to walk with their Muslim neighbors if they felt unsafe. And there's a lot of tolerance here, it's diverse and friendly.

Meanwhile, the final day of the Auckland secondary schools dance festival Polyfest was cancelled following the attacks.

In 2011 Breivik massacred 77 people, shooting to death 69 participants in a summer camp on a Norwegian island, and killed eight others by detonating a van bomb in the middle of Oslo.

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