What we know about New Zealand mosque attacks
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 17, 2019,
Mar 17, 2019, 0:57
At least 49 people were killed and at least 20 others were injured in two shootings in Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island on Friday afternoon (New Zealand time).
An Australian extremist was among four believed to be responsible for the killing of multiple Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers, authorities said, in an apparently live-streamed attack that forced the New Zealand city of Christchurch into lockdown.
Here is a summary of global reactions. After spending more than two minutes inside the mosque spraying people with bullets, the gunman then walks outside to the street, where he shoots at people on the sidewalk.
"You may have chosen us - we utterly reject and condemn you".
British boyband Blue wrote: "Last month we had the honour of playing our first show in New Zealand in over 15 years and can attest to the warm generous nature of New Zealanders".
"If measures are not taken right away, news of other disasters will follow this one. I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said. It was a place that many came to for its safety. Tarrant said that the attacks were inspired by Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, according to The Telegraph. "It recalls painful memories of our own experience with July 22, the most hard moment in the post-war period in Norway".
She confirmed that 30 people were killed at the Deans Avenue mosque, and 10 died at the Linwood Avenue mosque, three of which were outside the mosque itself.
A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants, calling them "invaders". In his manifesto, he explains that he selected New Zealand because of its geographic location; he wanted to prove to the world that even the most remote areas were not free of "mass immigration".
It is clear that this can only be described as a terrorist attack.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by today's tragedy".
"I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim".
Following the brutal attacks, three men and one woman were arrested.
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"He is also accompanied by two other associates".
"There is no ongoing or specific threat to any mosque or place of worship", police said. He assured all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his "heartfelt solidarity".
"What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence".
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the twin shooting - the worst in her country's history - as a terror attack.
"Japan is determined to resolutely stand up against terrorism".
New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinta Arden called the attack "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
None of the victims has so far been identified but there were people from around the world in the mosque at the time of the attack. "My heart goes out to all the New Zealand families..."
Asked by journalists how they weren't previously known, Bush said police will look at all evidence to make sure nothing was overlooked.
"I hope that those involved will be severely punished", he said in a message to Arden.
Police urge all mosques across New Zealand to shut their doors and advise people to refrain from visiting them until further notice.
Meanwhile, singer Boy George, 57, shared: "Sorry for the loss of life in New Zealand.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families", she added.