Mosque attack hero 'saved many more lives by grabbing terrorist's gun'

Clay Curtis
March 17, 2019

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her office received a "manifesto" from the gunman suspected of killing 50 people in two Christchurch mosques minutes before Friday's attack.

The Australian man allegedly responsible for live streaming a massacre of Muslims as they prayed in New Zealand mosques was not previously known to security agencies in Australia or New Zealand, authorities said.

It has further been revealed that the shooter started following Neo-fascism ideology after his tour of Europe.

A statement by the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (Fianz) said: "As there were many deceased Muslims, it is imperative that we have enough Muslims who can perform the washing and other jenazah requirements".

The Fijian rugby team also expressed their solidarity with the people of New Zealand after the attacks.

The white supremacist who slaughtered 49 worshipers in two New Zealand mosques was armed to kill even more when police arrested him Friday, officials said.

The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle.

He will face further charges before he next appears in court on April 5.

The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The live-streamed attack by an immigrant-hating white nationalist killed dozens of people as they gathered for weekly prayers in Christchurch.

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Australia's Immigration Minister David Coleman said Saturday Yiannopoulos' visa had been revoked because of comments he made in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, which referred to Islam as "barbaric".

TESSA BURROWS via Getty ImagesResidents pay respect by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch on Saturday.

"Our prayers are with the families of the deceased, the injured and all others impacted by this tragedy".

It also said a group of Community leaders is being constituted in Christchurch and their names and numbers will be circulated shortly.

"As soon as New Zealanders hear that someone was legally able to acquire, as I'm advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun laws, and that is why we will respond swiftly", she explained.

Moreover, the person charged with murder had not been "on the radar" of the intelligence community for extremism, the prime minister explained.

Furthermore, a circular was released by the foreign ministry notifying details regarding visa facilitation for the immediate family members of the Pakistani victims.

"The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch". Until Friday, the country's worst mass shooting was in 1990, when a lone gunman killed 13 people in the small town of Aramoana. "New Zealand is home for all of us, and this despicable act will not change that feeling of closeness in us".

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