Australia police raid homes linked to New Zealand shooting

Ruben Fields
March 19, 2019

In the coming days, debate over New Zealand's gun laws is likely to intensify in response to the massacre and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's announcement.

Andrew Little, the minister who oversees New Zealand's intelligence agencies, said monitoring of online activity had been stepped up in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.

Several Kiwis have taken to Twitter to announce they've given up their weapons after a gunman opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

The Australian white supremacist accused of carrying out a massacre at two mosques in New Zealand briefly visited Israel in 2016, Israeli officials said Monday.

"We detected nothing extraordinary about the licence holder".

Meanwhile, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush police said authorities believe only one man was responsible for the terrorist attack who is in custody but the threat level in the country still remains high.

The deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch have put the spotlight on far-right extremism and the influence of white supremacy.

"That doesn't mean there weren't possibly other people in support, and that continues to form a very, very important part of our investigation", he added.

David Tipple said in a statement that he has provided police with the purchase records and full details of the sales, which did not include military style semi-automatic weapons.

"The reality is that after 1pm on Friday our world changed forever, and so will our laws", he said.

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The Turkish delegation was informed about the latest condition of the wounded Turks and investigation into the attacks. He said the suspected gunman had said he wanted Turkish Muslims removed from Turkey's European territory.

Tarrant has been charged with a single count of murder, but New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says he will face more charges.

Amid a public outcry across New Zealand, including the banning of semi-automatic weapons, Tipple said he would not be proactive and withdraw AR15s from sale but would do so if required by law.

Instead of just the five years immediately preceding a licence application, questions about buyers' histories would cover their entire lifetimes. The New Zealand Herald reported Monday that he had dismissed his appointed lawyer and plans to defend himself.

Grief continued to wash across the nation on March 18, with New Zealanders of all stripes gathering to express revulsion over the killings- and a unified front against racial hatred.

Peters told media Tarrant was lucid and understood the situation facing him.

Relatives of the dead are now anxiously awaiting word on when they can bury their loved ones.

"But I sadly have to say that the capacity to actually assist fully is very limited on the technology side".

Germany, a country of over 81 million people, has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France.

"These people died in prayer, on their way to prayer, on our holy day, a Friday, in the precincts of our holy places", said Rehanna Ali, from the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand.

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