Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

New Zealand Mosque Shootings Put Focus on Country's Firearms

New Zealand Mosque Shootings Put Focus on Country's Firearms

A new disturbing photo captures the moment a blood-soaked survivor of Friday morning's New Zealand mosque shooting walked away from the horrific scene.

Several others are shown gathering in front of the scene that was surrounded with police tape.

Forty-nine people are confirmed dead in the two mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

NZ Police have announced the Christchurch court where Tarrant is due to appear will be closed to public over security concerns, but media will still be able to attend.

Mass shootings, and violent crime in general, are rare in New Zealand, a country of almost 5 million people.

In the manifesto, which has chosen not to quote, the suspect said his views on Islam changed after the Stockholm terror attack in April 2017, where a young girl was among the victims.

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Radio New Zealand said an eyewitness saw a man wearing a helmet and glasses and a military style jacket open fire inside one of the mosques.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters he was mobilizing "every national police resource to keep people safe" as he advised residents of Christchurch to stay off the streets. The shooter also released a 74-page manifesto, titled "The Great Replacement", online before the shooting.

A total of 41 people were killed at a mosque on Deans Avenue, Ardern said, and seven were killed at a mosque on Lynwood Avenue. Additionally, New Zealand does not ban the ownership of semi-automatic military-style assault weapons, also in contrast to Australia. "All Canadians join New Zealanders and Muslim communities around the world in grieving". "I just heard one of the ladies has died". He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door.

Ardern, who was flying to Christchurch on Saturday, said she had spoken to Trump, who had asked how he could help. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos. As New Zealand has stood by us so we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and with Muslims in New Zealand, here in the United Kingdom and around the world.

"The regulation of guns in New Zealand is categorised as restrictive", say the authors of the database.

He said he planned to target a mosque in Dunedin, but switched to the Al Noor and Masjid Mosques as they had "far more invaders".

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