New Zealand shooting: Jacinda Ardern announces royal commission into attack

Arturo Kim
March 25, 2019

Ardern said she and other ministers would soon meet with Microsoft to discuss the role of social media following the sharing of live-streamed video of the alleged gunman's attack.

Fifty people were killed in the March 15 attack on Christchurch's Masjid al Noor and Linwood Masjid when a lone gunman opened fire during Friday prayers.

Questions over whether New Zealand authorities could have prevented the Christchurch massacre will be answered when a royal commission commences, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.

While the government last week promised a probe would be held, Ardern on Monday confirmed it would be a royal commission - the most serious form of investigation possible into failures of government.

Saudi King Salman said, "The heinous massacre of the safe worshipers of mosques in New Zealand is a terrorist act and underlines the responsibility of the global community to confront the rhetoric of hatred and terrorism, which is not recognised by religions or values of coexistence among peoples".

The agencies taking part in the inquiry would include the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, the Government Communications Security Bureau, police along with Customs and Immigration.

National leader Simon Bridges wants the Government to hold a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terror attacks
LAWRENCE SMITH STUFFNational leader Simon Bridges wants the Government to hold a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terror attacks

People visit a memorial site for victims of Friday's shooting, in front of Christchurch Botanic Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand March 19, 2019.

Mr Bridges said the Royal Commission would need to ask hard questions about whether security and intelligence agencies had their focus in the right places.

Eight Pakistanis were laid to rest in New Zealand on Friday.

The body of a 26-year-old Pakistani who was among 50 worshippers killed during attacks on mosques in New Zealand has arrived at an airport in the southern port city of Karachi. "We want it to be at the highest level but we also want it to be timely", she said.

The New Zealand leader took decisive gun reform action in the wake of the attacks, announcing within a week reforms that ban all types of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles, as well as high-capacity magazines.

Now charged with one count of murder, he is expected to face more charges when he returns to court next week.

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