Monday, 19 August, 2019

Church leaders react with shock after NZ mosque shootings

Man in court after 49 killed in New Zealand mosque shootings Lancashire mosques to be given extra police protection after gunmen kill 49 worshippers in New Zealand
Steven Clarke | 16 March, 2019, 20:53

Members of the Bangladesh national cricket team, in Christchurch for a match against New Zealand, had arrived for Friday prayers as the shooting started but were not hurt.

People have been recommended by the police to stay inside. Local schools and public buildings were reportedly placed on lockdown.

Halifax MP Holly Lynch also took to Twitter and said: "Horrific news from New Zealand this morning". There have been reports about another shooting that took place at a local hospital, but they have not been confirmed so far.

"Together with our intelligence partners we continually monitor the varied threats we face, including to and around places of worship and specific communities across the country", he said.

He went on: "We pray, too, for the shooter and their supporters, because for any person to do this, they must have such hatred in their hearts, such misalignment of the value of human life, that they, too, need our prayer".

"At this stage, we will not be discussing the offenders' possible motivations or the causes of this incident".

World leaders expressed condolences and condemnation Friday following the deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand, while Muslim leaders said the mass shooting was evidence of a rising tide of violent Islamophobia.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the attacks a "brazen act of terror".

Armed police following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019.

"I honestly can't believe that somebody I have probably had daily dealings with and had shared conversations and interacted with would be capable of something to this extreme", Gray told the news outlet.

Responding to the question whether he supports US President Donald Trump, Tarrant says: "As a symbol of renewed white identity and common goal?"

Police stand outside a mosque after the shooting.

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Following the "extremist" attack, the New Zealand Police managed to apprehend 4 attackers.

In a message of condolence sent by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Francis "assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks".

Distinctive writing on the gunman's weapons seen in the footage also matched images posted on the Twitter account using the same name that posted the manifesto.

"I can confirm that the individual who was taken into custody... is an Australian-born citizen", Morrison said at a press conference, aired at Periscope.

In the aftermath of the bloody terror attacks, three men and one woman were arrested, with police charging "one man in his late 20s" with murder.

He said victims were a "large group of invaders" who he says "seek to occupy my peoples lands and ethnically replace my own people (sic)". "But we can not assume there are no others at large", Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters.

He adds: "I am just a regular White man, from a regular family". Police also defused explosive devices in a vehicle.

"They are safe. But they are mentally shocked".

The commissioner also said that one of the four detained people had already been charged with murder, and another one was not implicated in the crime at all.

"When the flames of hatred are fanned, when people are demonized due to their faith, when people's fears are played on rather than addressed, the consequences are deadly as we have seen so sadly today", he said.

"Harrowing news from New Zealand overnight" said EU Council president Donald Tusk.

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the shooting as a terrorist attack and called it "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

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