Queen offers condolences to people of New Zealand following mosque shootings

Arturo Kim
March 17, 2019

Police called for people not to share the video, which showed the gunman shooting repeatedly at worshippers from close range. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue, and one person died from their injuries in hospital. Shortly afterwards, all schools in the city are placed into lockdown. One was defused and the other was being evaluated, Bush said.

Four people have been arrested in relation to the attack - three men and one woman - one of whom is Australian born.

London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the city's Metropolitan Police force would be visible outside mosques.

"Many of those who would have been directly affected by the shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here", Arden told reporters. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the national security threat level has been lifted from low to high, adding the shootings appeared to have been a well-planned "terrorist attack".

"I never thought in my life I would see something like this", she said.

"This is requiring every police and emergency resource that we have available", he said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday confirmed the attacker at the Masjid al Noor mosque was an Australian.

Authorities said that they "will not be discussing the offenders' possible motivations or the causes of this incident" at this stage. The manifesto was not signed. "Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage", tweeted YouTube.

"We have to be absolutely clear on the cause of death and confirm their identity before that can happen", he said.

Police did not say whether the same person was responsible for both shootings. In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded.

Armed police on Linwood Ave and specialist armed police after the Linwood Mosque came under attack
JOSEPH JOHNSON STUFFArmed police on Linwood Ave and specialist armed police after the Linwood Mosque came under attack

The gunman livestreamed 17 minutes of the rampage at the Al Noor mosque, where he sprayed worshippers with bullets.

The gunman spoke only occasionally while in the auto, speaking in what sounded like an Australian accent.

"It's a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside". Gunshots went on for a long time.

Marise Payne, Australia's minister for foreign affairs, said, "Targeting people in a place of worship is abhorrent and an affront to all". I still have friends inside.

In addition to the main suspect, two other men are in custody, although their link to the attack is unknown. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives away. He said a man told him to remain still when the gunman shot the man "straight in the chest". Mosques were advised to shut their doors until further notice.

Moments before, his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate".

Christchurch is a coastal city of 404,500 residents. "They have no place in New Zealand". It has an agricultural economy.

It has been rebuilding since an quake in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed many buildings.

"Just heard the news".

"The SA Jewish Board of Deputies condemns in the strongest terms the heinous shootings of worshipers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand", the statement reads.

He described Christchurch as a "very peaceful city" that is still getting over the devastating 6.3 magnitude quake that hit in 2011.

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