Synagogues closed for holy day following mosque shooting

Frederick Owens
March 16, 2019

The gunman posted a 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself as Tarrant and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by "Muslims".

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

In other parts of the manifesto, Tarrant explains that he carried out the attack to show "invaders that our lands will never be their lands" and that they will "never replace our people", while also accelerating a potential conflict between Western civilization and the Islamic world.

Two other people have been apprehended and are being questioned about what role, if any, they had in the attacks. At least two Jordanian citizens were killed and five others wounded in the shootings, the country's Foreign Ministry said. British mosques held a series of special services yesterday and prayed for "peace and compassion". New Zealand's terror alert was revised from low to high on March 15.

When the gunman entered the Al Noor mosque, there were around 400 people inside.

The massacre left 41 at the Al Noor Mosque dead before the suspect journeyed to the Linwood Avenue Mosque where he killed another seven victims, one more later died in hospital.

Officials in New Zealand will be probing whether those behind deadly mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch should have been on the radar of authorities, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday.

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"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

Officers said they were trying to track the auto and described the suspects as white men believed in their 20s.

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Australia and New Zealand's leaders have come together to condemn this week's mass shooting in two Christchurch mosques, calling it "an attack against all of us".

There are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world.

The death toll stands at 49, and 39 people are being cared for in Christchurch Hospital.

That has been thrown into the spotlight by the killing of 49 people by a shooter rampaging through two Christchurch mosques with an arsenal of high-powered guns.

Fuller says Tarrant has spent little time in Australia in the past four years.

Tarrant, of New South Wales, obtained a gun license in November 2017 and started buying the weapons he used Friday about a month later, Ardern said.

A noisy generator raring from a construction site next to the Christchurch Justice Precinct was a stark and irritating reminder of those tragic events, as media and members of the public gathered awaiting Tarrant's court appearance.

"Our investigations are in their early stages and we will be looking closely to build a picture of any of the individuals involved and all of their activities prior to this horrific event", Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons.

London mayor London Sadiq Khan said: "We may be more than 11,000 miles away from Christchurch but we feel the ripples of hatred, we feel the ripples of fear and we feel the ripples of sorrow of our brothers".

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