Calderdale in shock after people killed in New Zealand mosque shootings

Clay Curtis
March 16, 2019

The video footage widely circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, showed him driving to one mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.

A man in his late twenties has been charged with murder and is due to appear in court tomorrow.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has said the attack will go down in history as one of the country's darkest days.

"We have four people in custody".

There was a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque that Ms Ardern said killed ten people.

She added: "Why so much hate in the world?"

"It feeds extremism and terrorism and leads to such brutal terrorist attacks", the statement added.

The Bangladesh cricket team's tour of New Zealand has been called off following the attacks and the team narrowly escaped the Al Noor mosque after they were en route to Friday players.

Officials have confirmed another 20 victims are "seriously injured".

Leanne Dalziel, the mayor of Christchurch, said "our city has changed forever today" after the massacre at the Al Noor mosque and Linwood mosque.

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed.

"The horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch targeted peacefully praying Muslims - if people are murdered exclusively due to their religion, that is an attack on all of us", he said. "They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not". Two improvised explosive devices found in one auto after the shootings have been defused by police.

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Asked about the attackers not being on intelligence agency watchlists, Ms Ardern said it was an indication that they "had not acted in a way that warranted it".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the head of state of New Zealand, said in a statement: "I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. There is no place for such extreme violence in New Zealand". "We are working to have any footage removed", the police tweeted.

"We will and must reject it". As New Zealand has stood by us so we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and with Muslims in New Zealand, here in the United Kingdom and around the world.

"Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives", she wrote on Twitter.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch at about 1.40pm local time (12.40am GMT), and urged people in the area to stay indoors. "My heart goes out to all the New Zealand families..."

Tamim Iqbal tweeted: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!"

The shooting was carried out during the Jummah Prayer which is a congregational prayer that Muslims hold every Friday. Tarrant live streamed the shooting at a mosque on Facebook and shared a link to what is being described as a manifesto for his actions.

"It's very disturbing, it shouldn't be in the public domain", a spokesman said.

"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.

'This has been done deliberately to also demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles'.

One of the alleged gunmen has Australian citizenship, the Prime Minister of Austrlia, Australia, Scott Morrison, has said.

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