New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Members of the public mourn at a flower memorial near the Al Noor Masjid on Deans Rd in Christchurch New Zealand 16 March 2019. A gunman killed 49 worshippers at the Al Noor Masjid and Linwood Masjid on 15 March. The 28-year-old Australian suspect Bren

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Ivanka Trump faced criticism for her message about the mosque slayings of 49 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand Friday.

A manifesto posted online claiming responsibility for the attack is believed to have been written by suspected shooter, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, is still being probed by police in New Zealand.

There were two attacks on Friday in Christchurch - one at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park, and one at the Linwood Masjid Mosque in the suburb of Linwood. Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque.

Like most developed countries, New Zealand has far stricter gun laws than the United States, where more than 50 shootings involving more than one victim have already taken place this year.

"We are a Forum family and what affects one, affects all".

"As a Member of our Pacific community, we stand with you shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart in this hard time coming to grips with what has happened".

New Zealand internationals Martin Guptill and Lockie Ferguson, who play first class cricket for Auckland, also withdrew from their team's match against Otago in Dunedin.

Ms Ardern spoke with victims of the sickening terror attack.

"New Zealanders are devastated", Jackson said in a statement to Variety.

Yesterday Stevie Taylor, who moved to New Zealand from Aberdeen in December, said he "feared for the worst" when sirens started sounding close to the building site he was working at, a short distance away from the scene of the first attack.

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New Zealand is normally peaceful and calm - and has plenty of guns.

Huang Yan, the manager of the Christchurch branch of China's Southern Airlines, told Xinhua the mass shooting would bring negative impact on New Zealand tourism as Christchurch has just been recovered from the aftermath of the 2011 deadly natural disaster.

In New Zealand, police officers don't routinely carry firearms.

"As Christians we Cook Islanders have come to accept the church as a place of refuge, of safety and of comfort".

These nihilist, clash-of-civilisations narratives - whichever ideologies inform them - leave all nations more vulnerable to extremist violence.

Flanked by two police officers, he smirked when media persons photographed him during the hearing and was seen making the white power gesture, New Zealand Herald reported.

This handout picture released by the office of New Zealand Prime Minister shows New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meeting with the representatives of the refugee centre during a visit to the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch on March 16, 2019.

He said his government expressed compassion and solidarity over this "despicable act affecting our neighbours". "We will do whatever we can to help them heal and rise above this awful tragedy".

She also said she had asked him for "sympathy and love for all Muslim communities".

Nassau County officials said they were monitoring the situation and increasing patrols around houses of worship, as well. "I am praying for peace for the families of those lost and recovery for those injured", it continued. Photo: Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

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