At Least 49 Dead, 48 Injured in New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Danny Woods
March 16, 2019

New Zealand's prime minister vowed to toughen the country's gun laws after revealing Saturday that the man accused of murdering 49 people in two mosques legally purchased the arsenal of firearms used in the massacre.

She pronounced it "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

"About 40 years ago we had an attack in a rural community in Aramoana but that was not, as this was, politically motivated and far fewer people died then".

Video footage widely circulated on social media, apparently taken by the gunman, showed him driving to one mosque entering it and shooting at people at random.

Two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand, a country so peaceful that police officers rarely carry guns.

Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is lead into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch District Court, New Zealand March 16, 2019.

Christchurch Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 41 people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque near Hagley Park, while seven were shot dead at the Linwood Avenue Mosque.

The group "Muslims in New Zealand" said it was "overwhelmed" with messages of support in a Tweet.

New Zealand police closed the Christchurch court to the public over security concerns, but the media was able to attend.

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The National Council of Canadian Muslims says in a statement that after the attacks in Christchurch and the Quebec City mosque shooting that killed six people during prayers in 2017, Muslims feel vulnerable and unsafe and that it is "essential" that political leaders call the attacks for what they are: Islamophobic terrorism. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said.

TRT World's Jacob Brown explains.

The gunman said he was not a member of any organization, acted alone and chose New Zealand to show that even the most remote parts of the world are not free of "mass immigration".

A licence must be obtained, however New Zealand is one of the few countries where most individual weapons don't have to be registered.

The prime minister noted that it appeared the attacks appeared to have been well planned.

Christchurch was the home of these victims.

Restoring Family Links: Local authorities are asking people to share this website where people in the community can connect with loved ones, register missing persons, or mark themselves safe.

President Donald Trump railed against illegal immigration on the southern border on Friday, after condemning the mass shooting at a New Zealand Mosque.

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