PM statement on the New Zealand attack: 15 March 2019

Lula Sharp
March 16, 2019

A raft of further charges are expected.

Self-professed fascist occasionally turned to look and smirked at media present in court during the brief hearing that was held behind closed doors for security reasons.

There are now four individuals who have been apprehended, but three are connected to this attack who are now in custody, one of which has publicly stated that they were Australian-born.

"It's outrageous, the feeling is outrageous", he said. Malaysia said two of its citizens were hospitalized, and the Saudi Embassy in Wellington said two Saudis were wounded.

She said inquires were ongoing to establish whether the other two were directly involved. That's according to Muath Elyan, Mohammed's brother, who said he spoke to Mohammed's wife after the shooting.

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

It has been widely reported that the suspected gunman in the New Zealand massacre took to social media platforms to live stream his attacks. Two other people were in custody but had not been charged and the third did not appear to be connected to the shootings. "I know there is a name within the public domain but it would be improper for me now to confirm that because a person has been charged", the police commissioner said during the press conference. He called the attacker an "extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

The prime minister said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and acknowledged many of those affected may be migrants and refugees. Seven were killed at the Linwood mosque nearby, and one victim passed away at the hospital. The remaining victim succumbed in hospital.

The shootings happened in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.

The dead were said to include women and children.

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A Palestinian man who was in one of the mosques said he saw someone being shot.

"At first we thought it was an electric shock but then all these people started running". "Some were covered in blood", he told AFP. "And I'm getting sick and exhausted of that particular scenario playing itself out over and over again, where they keep silent when one of their people do something, but when... whenever they're able to gain a sort of political capital for themselves, all of a sudden they're chatty".

Those "elements" were people affiliated with the Canadian Yellow Vest movement, whose Facebook page included some comments celebrating the New Zealand attacks Friday.

"I want to reassure all New Zealanders that we are doing absolutely everything in our power to respond to this attack, and deploying all available resources in communities across New Zealand", Bush said. Friday is Islam's holy day.

The UK stands ready to support New Zealand however we can.

Taking to Twitter to express his distaste, Kjellberg wrote, "Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch".

National Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs Dr Bryce Wakefield said New Zealand's gun laws "were known for being particularly lax".

"There were bodies all over", he said.

Many of you will have seen that Air New Zealand has cancelled all turboprop flights out of Christchurch tonight and will review the situation in the morning.

That attack killed at least 41 people, while an assault on a second mosque in the city not long after killed several more.

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