‘Islamopobic’ attack in Whitechapel after New Zealand mosque massacre

Brenda Watkins
March 16, 2019

Two Indians have died in the attacks, a third person is battling for his life, Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party) said. Twelve of them are critical.

"There were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, according to ABC57.

It was "reasonable to assume" Tarrant would face further murder charges, Judge Kellar said.

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters on Saturday.

US President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

Of the 49 victims, only a small number have so far been identified. None of the bodies had yet been released due to the investigation, leaving families unable to bury their dead within the 24 hours customary in Islam.

Still, Muslims were advised to stay away from mosques while the nation's security alert remained at the second-highest level a day after the deadliest shooting in modern New Zealand history.

Mr Nabi said his father, who ran the Afghan Association, was killed as he tried to save another person from the gunman.

Residents pay their respects at Hagley College for the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch.

Christchurch Hospital chief Greg Robertson said 7 of the 48 gunshot victims admitted after Friday's mosque shootings in have been discharged.

‘Islamopobic’ attack in Whitechapel after New Zealand mosque massacre

However, witnesses have described how many more lives could have been lost, if not for the courage of a worker at Linwood Mosque.

Brenton Tarrant, 28, entered no plea when he appeared on Saturday morning in a Christchurch court charged with murder after a terrorist attack on two mosques in the city.

Tarrant reportedly made a "white power" hand gesture during his court appearance.

His former employer, gym manager Tracey Gray, said he worked at Big River Squash and Fitness Centre for several years as a personal trainer. SORROW, SYMPATHY Twelve operating theatres worked through the night on the more than 40 people wounded, said hospital authorities.

Ms Gray said Tarrant passionately worked in a program that offered free training to kids in the community.

She did not offer much detail, but said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be looked at. The manifesto, titled "The Great Replacement", also stated that "the invaders must be removed from European soil, regardless from where they came or when they came".

In Australia, which is seen as culturally similar to New Zealand and has lively farming and hunting communities, the catalyst for outlawing high-powered weapons was the shooting of 35 people at Port Arthur in Tasmania in 1996.

There has been an outpouring of grief from around the world. "And more importantly, from our individual perspective, no nexus to New York City".

"I want to send a message to those directly affected".

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