The Queen and Prince Charles release statements following New Zealand mosque attacks

Mar 17, 2019, 00:11
The Queen and Prince Charles release statements following New Zealand mosque attacks

All schools in the city were put into lockdown as the situation unfolded.

It was by far the deadliest shooting in modern New Zealand history.

Three men and one woman have been arrested in connection to the attack.

Asked if the police were searching for any other suspects, he said: "We never assume that there aren't other people involved, that's why we've got an enormous presence out there ... but we don't have named or identified people that we are looking for, but it would be wrong to assume that there is no-one else". One person with us had a bullet in her arm.

The embassy called on all its citizens in Christchurch to follow instructions issued by local authorities to stay indoors until further notice. He then witnessed people running from the mosque completely terrorized.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also condemned the terrorist attack in New Zealand in the strongest terms.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives a press conference from Wellington. Credit PA
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives a press conference from Wellington. Credit PA

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed.

"Many of those who will have been directly affected by the shooting may be migrants to New Zealand".

In Muslim-majority Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the biggest party in its ruling coalition, said: "I am deeply saddened by this uncivilized act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians".

Basu said British counter-terror officers were ready to support their colleagues in New Zealand in responding to and investigating Friday's attack.

"These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and no place in the world", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern said.

Based on the video, the attacker was at the scene of the first mosque for about 10 minutes, and police did not arrive until after that.

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Indonesian President Joko Widoyo, head of the world's largest Muslim country, said "we strongly condemn these kind of violent acts". It's also requesting extra police patrols at their mosque in Old Irving Park, their education center in Morton Grove, and their campus in Skokie. Last year, the prime minister announced the country would boost its annual refugee quota from 1,000 to 1,500 starting in 2020.

Morrison said the gunman was a right-wing "terrorist" with Australian citizenship.

One of the men in his late 20s has been charged with murder and is due in court on Saturday.

"We have four people in custody. We've been in touch with our embassy overnight, we're still getting details, but the State Department and others are following up on it", he told reporters Friday morning.

Christchurch streets and schools were locked down after the gun shooting.

Two improvised explosive devices attached to a suspect's vehicle were also discovered in the area.

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Police in NY and Los Angeles confirmed they will increase efforts to keep mosques safe.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern held a press conference following the shooting at the two mosques in Christchurch, saying the incident marked "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates' minister of state for foreign affairs, tweeted, "heartfelt condolences" to New Zealand.

The Bangladesh cricket team's tour of New Zealand has been called off following the attacks and the team narrowly escaped the Al Noor mosque after they were en route to Friday players.

Christchurch is home to almost 400,000 people and is sometimes called the Garden City.

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