Children, Foreigners Among Those Killed In Attacks On Christchurch Mosques

Children, Foreigners Among Those Killed In Attacks On Christchurch Mosques

Children, Foreigners Among Those Killed In Attacks On Christchurch Mosques

Mohamed Hassan, a journalist who lived in New Zealand for most of his life, says Muslims have been grieving alongside numerous other communities.

Her stance was welcomed by New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

The statement added that a range of activities must be completed before names can be released publicly, "this includes next of kin notifications, which, in many cases, will have worldwide aspects to them".

The critically wounded four-year-old child was named as Elin by her uncle Sabri Daraghmeh, who told reporters in a phone call from Jordan on Saturday that she remains "in the danger phase".

The video footage showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people present inside.

In a statement, Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama also expressed his shock at the shooting and sympathy for the victims.

Flowers and signs are seen at a memorial as tributes to victims of the mosque attacks near Linwood mosque in Christchurch New Zealand

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Dozens more were wounded when Tarrant opened fire on worshippers in two mosques.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reiterated to the public on Saturday morning that the country's gun law will be changed.

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. "I am very sorry to miss your calls and text messages.I am really tired.please pray for my son, me and my daughter.I am just posting this video to show you that I am fully ok", said Wasseim Alsati, who was reportedly shot three times.

"Fijian hearts are breaking for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand - a place where an atrocity of this nature is shocking nearly beyond comprehension".

On Friday, Ardern characterized the incident as a terrorist act.

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She said, "The mere fact... that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that".

The Jordanian citizen of Palestinian origin is reported to have moved to New Zealand five years ago and described it as "the safest place one could ever live in".

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the awful massacre in the Mosques", he tweeted.

- AP Police stand by a collection of flowers near the Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Police recovered two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm after the attacks.

"As soon as New Zealanders hear that someone was legally able to acquire, as I'm advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun laws, and that is why we will respond swiftly", she explained.

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Pence also affirmed USA cooperation in ensuring all the perpetrators were brought to justice.

Mr Bainimarama also said his government will be working closely with authorities in New Zealand to monitor the welfare of Fijians in Christchurch.

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