New Zealand Shooter Planned to Continue Attack When Police Caught Him - PM

PM Khan condemns terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch

PM statement on the New Zealand attack: 15 March 2019

The attack, which Ms Ardern labelled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.

Tarrant has been described as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity. The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines.

Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay huddled on the floor of the mosque, the video showed. In gruesome video footage, which The Post is not publishing, the attacker approaches the entrance to the mosque and raises his weapon.

"I want to send our condolences to those impacted by the heinous attacks in New Zealand", Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement released Friday. It was still unclear whether any other shooters were involved in the attacks.

Two other people have been arrested in connection with the terror attack, and they remain in custody as police conduct an ongoing investigation as to their possible involvement.

The floral tributes grow on Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque as locals pay tribute to those who were killed March 16 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"The offender was in possession of a gun licence" obtained in November 2017, and he started purchasing the weapons the following month, she said.

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters on Saturday. Immigrants, she said, ashen-faced, "have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home".

He sustained a head injury, which was not believed to be serious, and was kept in hospital for treatment, the police added. Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several of whom were born overseas.

It follows the shootings of people attending two mosques in Christchurch.

Although shops were shuttered and many made a decision to stay at home, Christchurch residents piled bouquets of flowers at a makeshift memorial near the Al Noor mosque, many accompanied with handwritten letters laden with sadness and disbelief.

US President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

"You can not imagine how I feel", he said. I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".

At Christchurch hospital, where many members of the Muslim community spent Saturday waiting for news of loved ones, members of the public turned up offering auto lifts around town, food parcels and hot drinks, or just a friendly face to talk too.

Paul Buchanan, a security analyst at the 36th Parallel consultancy, said between 1% and 2% of Christchurch's 340,000 inhabitants were Muslim.

Political across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims.

"We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate".

The New Zealand Prime Minister also said the firearms used in the mosque shootings appeared to have been modified.

"This is always the biggest fixture on our match calendar and one which our fans look forward to", said Clark, who would have been expecting a crowd of some 20,000.

His brother Abdi managed to flee the carnage while his father pretended he was dead after he was shot and managed to escape, The Age said.

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