Sask. Premier condemns Islamophobia in wake of New Zealand mosque attacks

Lula Sharp
March 16, 2019

A man in his 20s has been charged with murder and will soon appear in court, according New Zealand's police commissioner.

Christchurch is New Zealand's second-largest city, with a population of about 375,000 people.

But that visit, and the kindness of his hosts, did not deter Tarrant from his homicidal plans, which he said he had been formulating for two years - but had not originally meant to act on in New Zealand.

Moreover, the outlet published a picture of him, wearing a prison robe and cuffs, and flanked by security guards.

Tarrant, who police say carried out at least one of the shootings, posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself by name and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only five million, but the country has had low levels of gun violence. She said the main perpetrator used five weapons during his rampage, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, which he was legally licensed to own. Before Friday's attack, the deadliest shooting in modern history occurred in the small town of Aramoana in 1990, when gunman David Gray shot and killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor. "If they are not of our people, but live in our lands, they must be removed". Members of the Bangladesh national cricket team, in Christchurch for a match against New Zealand, had arrived for Friday prayers as the shooting started but were not hurt.

And our thoughts and prayers are with the people of New Zealand, with the families and friends of those who have died in these attacks and with all those who have been injured.

Ehalt said Saskatoon police have not received any reports of anti-Muslim activity.

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019. "One leg of an injured needed to be amputated while another suffered bullet injuries in his chest", Rahman Bhuiyan said.

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The video footage showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people present inside. Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change". Now is the time for change. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and other Islamic leaders pointed to the bloodbath and other such attacks as evidence of rising hostility toward Muslims since 9-11.

"Israel mourns the wanton murder of innocent worshippers in Christchurch and condemns the brazen act of terror in New Zealand".

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 aftermath of the mosque shootings left many in the Muslim community shocked and confused. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday wrote to his New Zealand counterpart expressing his deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.

"We are a very diverse society, we have over 200 ethnicities, 160 languages.we have been very welcoming to outsiders", Banks said Friday.

President Donald Trump, who has a record of Islamophobic rhetoric, online behavior and policies, tweeted out his "warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand.

Until yesterday morning, Brenton Tarrant was just another Australian living overseas, travelling when he could, and posting rubbish on social media.

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