• A 28-year-old man, identified as an Australian, was charged with murder and was to appear Saturday morning in a Christchurch courtroom. The New Zealand police said he would face additional charges. The mans name was not immediately released.
\nChief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says he extends his \”prayers and tears\” to the families of the victims. Erekat denounced the \”use of religion for political ends\” on Twitter Friday, recalling past attacks targeting places of worship, including Israeli settler Baruch Goldsteins massacre of Palestinian worshippers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron, and the assault on a Pittsburgh synagogue last year.
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• Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the assault as an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence, and promised changes in New Zealands gun laws.
• President Trump, who was cited in the manifesto as a source of inspiration, told reporters he did not see white nationalism as a rising threat around the world and attributed such attacks to a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. He also said he had not seen the manifesto.
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The attacker targeted the Al Noor Mosque in the center of the city and Linwood Mosque, about three miles away.
The countrys police commissioner, Mike Bush, said at a Friday evening news conference that 41 people had been killed at Al Noor Mosque and seven at Linwood Mosque, and that another victim had died at Christchurch Hospital.
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David Meates, the chief executive of the Canterbury District Health Board, said that 48 people, including young children, were treated for injuries at the hospital. Mr. Bush said Saturday morning that two of the victims were in critical condition.
\nErna Solberg told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that \”although it is across the globe, this is a strong reminder of how important it is for all of us to help bring down tensions, work against extremism, and that we show solidarity with each other when something like that happens.\”
The police said Friday that three men and one woman had been taken into custody, but Mr. Bush lowered the total number to three on Saturday morning, indicating that someone had been released.
Mr. Bush said that a 28-year-old man had been charged with murder and would appear in Christchurch court on Saturday morning. A number of firearms were recovered from the scenes of the shootings, he said.
Mr. Bush had earlier urged people not to go to mosques anywhere in New Zealand on Friday. He also urged mosques nationally to close your doors until you hear from us again.
The clip, which may have been taken from a helmet camera worn by the gunman, begins behind the wheel of a car. A man, whose face can occasionally be seen in the rearview mirror, drives through the streets of Christchurch before pulling up in front of Al Noor Mosque, beside the sprawling Hagley Park.
A live video posted to social media appeared to show the attack at Al Noor Mosque, where 41 people were killed. The clip appeared to have been taken from a camera worn by a gunman.
He approaches the mosque on foot, his weapon visible, and begins shooting at people at the entrance. What follows is a harrowing nearly two minutes of his firing on worshipers.
The gunman rambled on about the supposed aims for the attack, which included reducing immigration by intimidating immigrants and driving a wedge between NATO and the Turkish people. He also said he hoped to further polarize and destabilize the West, and spark a civil war in the United States that would ultimately result in a separation of races. The attack has had the opposite impact, with condemnation of the bloodshed pouring in from all quarters of the globe, and calls for unity against hatred and violence.
At one point the gunman exits the mosque and fires in both directions down the sidewalk before returning to his car for another gun — which, like the others, was inscribed with numbers, symbols or messages. When he re-enters the mosque, he shoots several bodies at close range.
The gunman used various hate symbols associated with the Nazis and white supremacy. For instance, the number 14 is seen on his rifle, a possible reference to the “14 Words,” a white supremacist slogan attributed in part to Adolf Hitlers “Mein Kampf,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He also used the symbol of the Schwarze Sonne, or black sun, which “has become synonymous with myriad far-right groups who traffic in neo-Nazi,” according to the center.
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There wasnt even time to aim, there was so many targets, he says at one point, as the sirens of an emergency response vehicle blare in the background.
Beyond his white nationalistic views, he claimed to be an environmentalist and said he is a fascist who believes China is the nation that most aligns with his political and social values. He said he has contempt for the wealthiest 1 percent. And he singled out American conservative commentator Candace Owens as the person who had influenced him the most, while saying “the extreme actions she calls for are too much, even for my tastes.”
Before the shooting, someone appearing to be the gunman posted links to a white nationalist manifesto on Twitter and 8chan, an online forum known for extremist right-wing discussions. The 8chan post included a link to what appeared to be the gunmans Facebook page, where he said he would also broadcast live video of the attack.
SYDNEY (AP) — The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead on Friday tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants. He was angry about attacks in Europe that were perpetrated by Muslims. He wanted revenge, and he wanted to create fear.
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The Twitter posts showed weapons covered in the names of past military generals and men who have recently carried out mass shootings.
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In his manifesto, he identified himself as a 28-year-old man born in Australia and listed his white nationalist heroes.
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Writing that he had purposely used guns to stir discord in the United States over the Second Amendments provision on the right to bear arms, he also declared himself a fascist. For once, the person that will be called a fascist, is an actual fascist, he wrote.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking during a Saturday morning news conference, vowed changes to the countrys gun laws. She said that the attacker held a gun license obtained last November and that five guns were used in the attack including two semi-automatic weapons.
Though he claimed not to covet fame, the gunman — whose name was not immediately released by police — left behind a 74-page document posted on social media under the name Brenton Tarrant in which he said he hoped to survive the attack to better spread his views in the media.
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Our gun laws will change, now is the time, Ms. Ardern said, though did not elaborate on what such legislation may look like. People will be seeking change, and I am committed to that.
The manifesto also included a single reference to President Donald Trump in which the author asked and answered the question of whether he was a Trump supporter: “As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.”
Ms. Ardern said she would be traveling to Christchurch later along with other politicians including members of the opposition. Ms. Ardern also said the attacker had not been known to either Australian or New Zealand officials.
While the nation grapples with a form of grief and anger that we have not experienced before, we are seeking answers, she said.
Ms. Ardern also detailed a phone call with President Trump, who offered his support. She said she asked for sympathy and love for all Muslim communities.
President Trump, who was mentioned in the suspected assailants manifesto as a source of inspiration, rejected suggestions that white nationalism is a rising menace, although he suggested it might be problem in New Zealand.
I think its a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, he told reporters in Washington in response to a question. If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps thats the case. I dont know enough about it yet. But its certainly a terrible thing.
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Asked if he had seen the manifesto, Mr. Trump said: I did not see it, but I think its a horrible event, its a horrible thing. I saw it early in the morning when I looked at what was happening, and we spoke, as you know, to the prime minister. I think its a horrible disgraceful thing, horrible act.
I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person, Mr. Kjellberg, a Swede, said on Twitter.
Over the last 18 months, tech companies have promised stronger safeguards to ensure that violent content is not distributed through their sites. But those new safeguards were not enough to stop the posting of a video and manifesto believed related to Fridays shooting.
A 17-minute video that included graphic footage apparently of the shooting could be found on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram more than an hour after being posted. While Facebook and Twitter took down pages thought to be linked to the gunman, the posted content was spread rapidly through other accounts.
He is not from here, Dalziel said Saturday of the attacker. He came here. He came here with hate in his heart and intention to kill in his mind. So he did not develop his hatred here. He came here to perform this act of terrorism.”
In order to evade detection, people appeared to be cropping the video or posting the text of the manifesto as an image — techniques used to evade automated systems that find and delete content.
Social media companies have heavily invested in those systems, with Facebook reporting last year that more than 99 percent of terrorism content by the Islamic State and Al Qaeda was found and removed through artificial intelligence.
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A Facebook spokeswoman offered condolences to the victims and said the company was removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as were aware.
The author said he had been planning the attack for two years and moved from Australia to New Zealand to plan and train. Though New Zealand was not the original target for the assault, he said he chose it because of its image as one of the safest countries in the world.
YouTube said it had taken down thousands of videos related to the shooting, and asked users to help flag videos. A spokeswoman for Reddit said it was also trying to remove any content containing links to the video stream or the manifesto.
Still, the tech companies were sharply criticized by Senator Cory Booker, a Democratic candidate for president, who said in New Hampshire on Friday that it was unacceptable for the companies to give a platform to hate.
Nasreen Hanif, a spokeswoman for the Islamic Womens Council of New Zealand, said the countrys Muslims were anxious for updates.
[For Muslims in New Zealand and abroad, the massacre has drawn outrage as a brazen act of hatred borne of anti-Muslim sentiment.]
Ms. Hanif said the two mosques in Christchurch had asked for help from the rest of New Zealands Muslims to arrange 49 funerals.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said that three Turkish citizens were wounded in the attack; the Palestine Liberation Organizations ambassador to New Zealand said at least one Palestinian was killed; and the group Syrian Solidarity New Zealand said on its Facebook page that Syrian refugees, including children, have been shot today.
A site managed by the International Committee of the Red Cross listed dozens of people who had been recorded as missing, including people from Egypt, Syria, India, Kuwait, Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia.
Senator Fraser Anning, a member of the conservative Katters Australian Party, has drawn condemnation at home and abroad for linking the attack to Muslim immigration.
Rebukes quickly followed from the highest levels of government in Australia and abroad. The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Twitter. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament.
Tarrant was arrested after mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand town, which left 49 worshippers dead and more than 40 injured. Tarrant, from the eastern Australian riverside town of Grafton, attended the local state high school and worked as a personal trainer at a gym in the area about 400 miles north of Sydney. He is believed to have an older sister and mother but his father died of cancer in 2010.
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Sajid Javid, the British home secretary, said that Mr. Anning had fanned the flames of violence & extremism. Australians will be utterly ashamed of this racist man.
Mr. Anning drew similar opprobrium last year for invoking a Nazi euphemism during a speech in Parliament, calling for a final solution to the immigration problem.
Representative Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, urged all Muslims to attend Friday Prayers and exhorted people of all faiths to join them to repudiate the white supremacist message of the New Zealand attack.
I know there was a call for people to not go, she told reporters after addressing a climate rally in Washington. But I said to people that is what the terrorists want us to do. That is a win for them, and so we must face the hate and terror with love and with compassion.
The congresswoman, a freshman Democrat from Minnesota, has been at the center of a political tempest in the Democratic Party over remarks on Israel that critics have called anti-Semitic. She has apologized for those remarks.
It was covered in white lettering, featuring the names of others who had committed race- or religion-based killings alongside Cyrillic, Armenian and Georgian references to historical figures and events and the phrase: “Heres Your Migration Compact”.
Members of the Bangladesh national cricket team, in Christchurch for a match against New Zealand, were en route to Al Noor Mosque for Friday Prayer when the shooting began. They narrowly missed it.
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Mohammad Isam, a journalist covering the team, reported for ESPN that at 1:52 p.m. he got a call from Tamim Iqbal Khan, one of the players.
Theres shooting here, please save us, Mr. Khan said, according to Mr. Isam. At first, he thought it was a prank.
But he hangs up and calls again — this time, his voice starts to crack, Mr. Isam wrote. He says that I should call the police as theres a shooting going on inside the mosque where they are about to enter.
Mr. Isam ran toward the mosque and saw bloodied and dazed people fleeing. In the chaos, he managed to find several players, and they eventually reconvened at the hotel. The team manager, Khaled Mashud, told reporters that players were about 50 yards from the mosque.
Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque, he said.
Entire team got saved from active shooters, Mr. Khan wrote on Twitter. Another player, Mushfiqur Rahim, tweeted that he never wanted to see this things happen again.
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Aman Singh, who works at a convenience store close to the Deans Avenue mosque, said he had heard the gunshots on Friday afternoon, and that shortly afterward people streamed past the shop, bloody and crying.
My really good friend goes there, he said, adding that he had not been able to confirm the friends whereabouts on Friday afternoon.
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Murders are rare in New Zealand, and gun homicides even rarer. There were 35 murders countrywide in 2017. And since 2007, gun homicides have been in the single digits each year except 2009, when there were 11.
There were 1.2 million registered firearms in the country of 4.6 million people in 2017, according to the Small Arms Survey, a Swiss nonprofit.
New Zealand law allows any person aged 16 or older with an entry-level firearm license to keep any number of common rifles and shotguns, according to GunPolicy.org, a project hosted by the University of Sydney. Most guns can be purchased without being tracked by law enforcement officials.
A mass shooting in Aramoana, New Zealand, in 1990 — when a man killed 13 people, including two 6-year-olds, after a dispute with his neighbor — led directly to tightened gun laws, including restrictions on military-style semiautomatic weapons.
Reporting was contributed by Charlotte Graham-McLay from Wellington, New Zealand; Megan Specia, Jason Bailey and Rick Gladstone from New York; Daniel Victor and Tiffany May from Hong Kong; Alan Yuhas from London; Damien Cave from Sydney, Australia; Sheera Frenkel from San Francisco; and Jonathan Weisman from Washington.