UAE condemns mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand

17 March, 2019, 07:31 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • New Zealand mosque shooting: At least 49 killed after gunmen open fire

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and acknowledged many of those affected may be migrants and refugees. "The situation is still unfolding but our thoughts and prayers are with our Kiwi cousins". New Zealand's gun laws permit private firearm ownership, but carve out a special, more restricted class of "military style semi-automatic" weapons. 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.

Turkey´s foreign minister said two Turks suffered non-life threatening injuries in the attack.

The European Commission said: "This senseless act of brutality on innocent people in their place of worship could not be more opposite to the values and the culture of peace and unity that the European Union shares with New Zealand".

Police have not yet described the scale of the shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.

Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black and wearing a helmet with some kind of device on top enter the Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running out in terror.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has said four people have been arrested - three men and one woman.

Tarrant also wrote that his true "inspiration" came from Knight Anders Breivik, who killed 77 in a terrorist attack in Oslo, Norway, in 2011, and was motivated to defend "our lands" from "invaders" and ensure "a future for white children".

"We stand up against hate crimes against all religious communities. Prayers go to the victims and their families".

The attack took place on Friday afternoon in New Zealand's capital. "I am calling on the world, in particular the West, to take quick measures", he said.

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He added: " Out of respect and in condolence for all those killed in the terrorist attack in New Zealand, I have asked for flags to be flown at half-mast".

Manager Khaled Mashud said the team saw "bloodied people coming out of the mosque. we kept our heads down in the bus in case of any firing".

"An attack against peaceful people gathering for prayer is shocking in its cruelty and cynicism", Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

She says the offender is in custody, adding: "I can give that assurance, he has been apprehended".

New Zealand raised its national security level to high for the first time following the attack.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by today's tragedy. They are us." As for the suspects, Ardern said, they harbor "extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand". On Saturday, people across the country were reaching out to Muslims in their communities on social media to volunteer acts of kindness - offering rides to the grocery store or volunteering to walk with them if they felt unsafe.

In the wake of the slaughter, the prime minister said that immigrants "have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home".

"It's obviously very sad".

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