New Zealand set to ban semi-automatic weapons

17 Mars, 2019, 03:43 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Christchurch shooting victim Atta Elayyan

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of Counter Terrorism Policing, said on Friday: "Whilst there is no intelligence linking these appalling events in Christchurch to the United Kingdom, additional uniform patrols will continue in London and nationally over the coming days, focusing on places of worship and specific communities".

Pakistan's foreign minister says at least six Pakistanis were killed in the New Zealand mosque shootings.

New Zealand mosque attacks: Brenton Harrison Tarrant live-streamed for about 17 minutes his rampage through two mosques.

Police said three people were in custody.

Meantime, Survivors of the deadly mosque shooting said the death toll may have been much higher without the quick thinking of one man.

Wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant appeared handcuffed and barefoot. He did not enter a plea, but made a hand gesture associated with white supremacists.

Police urged all mosques across New Zealand to stay closed over the weekend for security reasons.

Among the victims was Atta Elayyan, 33, who served as goalkeeper on New Zealand's national futsal team (futsal is an indoor variant of soccer).

"There have been attempts to change our laws in 2005, 2012 and after an inquiry in 2017".

The main suspect in a mass shooting in at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 49 people dead appeared in court Saturday.

Numerous victims hailed from around the world. At least two Jordanian citizens were killed and five others wounded in the shootings, the country's Foreign Ministry said.

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He said he picked up the weapon and pulled the trigger and, after finding it empty, smashed it through the gunman's auto window. The area was evacuated as a precaution, and Australian police said Tarrant's family there is complying with investigators.

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The youngest person missing and feared dead is three years old, Greenhill tells NPR's Weekend Edition. He was shot in the abdomen and the leg. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door.

She said the the country's gun laws will be changed and toughened after the attack.

"When people, of course, hear 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", Ms Ardern said.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ms Ardern said in Wellington.

Cook Islands prime minister Herny Puna said his country's prayers first and foremost were with the victims of the shooting, "their families, friends and loved ones whe are now faced with the irreconcilable loss of their loved ones". "As is the entire nation, we are all unified in grieving together", she told reporters.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the suspect as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

The suspected shooter has been identified as Brenton Tarrant, 28, of Australia. Tarrant's family is from the northern New South Wales town of Grafton and New South Wales state Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says his officers are investigating to help New Zealand police. "We are working to have any footage removed", New Zealand police said.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.

Four people died en route to hospital. The other two remain in custody but their role in the shootings remains unclear.

"I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today", she said. A woman apprehended at the scene was released without charge.

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