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11:00  15 march  2019
11:00  15 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

Mass shootings in New Zealand: What we know so far

Mass shootings in New Zealand: What we know so far A number of people have died in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers in New Zealand. Here is what we know so far: :: Two mosques in Christchurch were targeted, with the deadliest shooting unfolding at the Al Noor mosque in the city centre. © Getty The shooting happened on Friday afternoon :: Police say the number of people killed is "significant", but the exact number of victims is unclear. :: Witnesses said the shooting at the Al Noor mosque lasted for 20 minutes, with the gunman going from room to room.

"It was hitting the walls," he said. A Christchurch Star reporter saw a dead body lying near Al Noor Mosque . He confirmed police were dealing with two shootings at two mosques in Christchurch , one Police thanks the public for their cooperation and will provide further updates to keep residents

Christchurch Hospital is in lockdown. The hospital is about two kilometres from the mosques . A hospital spokesman said some shooting victims A witness says many people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch . Police have not described the

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Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, in a terrorist attack that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

• Officials said that one man in his late 20s had been charged with murder, and that two explosive devices were found attached to a vehicle that they had stopped.

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'Please run out of bullets': Witness describes '20-minute' shootout in Christchurch mosque "The blood was splashing on me and I thought, 'oh my God, what's going to happen to me?'"

Second shooting at another mosque in Christchurch suburbs. Some 48 people, including children, are being treated in Christchurch Hospital after shootings at two mosques in the city on Seven of the dead were inside the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque and three died outside the same mosque .

Christchurch shooting : multiple fatalities after mass shooting at two mosques – live updates . A Christchurch Hospital spokesman said some shooting victims were being treated at the Then suddenly the shooting started,” he said. “I saw about 20 plus people, some were dead , some were

• A Muslim leader in New Zealand said the attack was especially shocking as it took place during midday Friday prayers. The police called on mosques nationally to “shut their doors” and urged people to stay away from the mosques until further notice.

• A video and manifesto that appeared to be by a gunman involved in the shooting were posted online on the day of the attack. Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Mark Baker/Associated Press Police officers outside one of the mosques that was attacked in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.

Two mosques are attacked

Shots were fired at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue near Hagley Park in the center of the city, and at Linwood Mosque, about three miles away, the police said.

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The country’s police commissioner, Mike Bush, said in an evening news conference that 41 people had been killed at Al Noor Mosque and seven at Linwood Mosque, and that a further victim had died at Christchurch Hospital.

The police said that four people, including three men and one woman, had been taken into custody. Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia said that one of them was Australian.

Ms. Ardern described those arrested as one principal, two associates and one person not directly connected to the attacks. She said that none of them were on security watch lists.

. Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Martin Hunter/SNPA, via Reuters Emergency workers tending to an injured man outside one of the mosques that was attacked in central Christchurch.

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The mosque on Deans Ave in Christchurch where shooting was heard. The mosque remains under armed guard as it was mentioned in a document written by "I saw two females and four or five males dead and the rest were severe casualties The whole mosque was filled with blood and dead bodies.

Armed police patrol Linwood Ave in Christchurch after the Linwood Mosque came under attack from gunmen, killing and injuring many church goers. At least 30 are feared dead after the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch . Four people are in custody, police say, as the lockdown on schools in

Mr. Bush said that a man in his late 20s had been charged with murder and would appear in Christchurch court on Saturday morning. A number of firearms were recovered from the scenes of the shootings, he said.

Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Martin Hunter/SNPA, via Reuters Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch in 2014. Two explosive devices were found on one vehicle, Mr. Bush said, adding that the police had defused one and were in the process of defusing the other.

Mr. Bush had earlier urged people not to go to mosques anywhere in New Zealand on Friday. He also urged mosques nationally to “close your doors until you hear from us again.”

Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Mark Baker/Associated Press Outside a mosque in Christchurch on Friday.


Video appears to show part of the shooting

A 17-minute video posted to social media appears to show part of the attack. Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Mark Baker/Associated Press Police officers escorting people from a mosque in central Christchurch on Friday.

The clip, which may have been taken from a helmet camera worn by a gunman, begins behind the wheel of a car. A man, whose face can occasionally be seen in the rearview mirror, drives through the streets of Christchurch before pulling up in front of the Muslim Association of Canterbury and its adjoining mosque on Dean Avenue, beside the sprawling Hagley Park.

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Christchurch Mosque Shooter Who Killed 50 Likely Acted Alone New Zealand’s worst mass shooting in modern history appears to be the act of a lone gunman who attacked worshippers at two mosques out of racial hatred. The death toll from Friday’s massacre in the South Island city of Christchurch has risen to 50 after another victim was located at one of the crime scenes, police said on Sunday. One person has been charged with murder while three other people apprehended with firearms are not believed to be involved, they said.

A second mosque in the suburb of Linwood has been evacuated, and Police Commissioner Mike Bush said "multiple fatalities" were recorded at two locations. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted: "I'm horrified by the reports I'm following of the serious shooting in Christchurch , New

Three shootings have taken place in Christchurch on Friday afternoon, two at mosques and another at Christchurch Hospital. Man is hit on the head with an axe and another is shot in 'But after visiting the mosques in Christchurch and Linwood and seeing the desecration of the church that

He then approaches the front of the mosque on foot, his weapon visible, and begins shooting at people at the entrance. What follows is a harrowing nearly two minutes of his firing on the worshipers.

At one point, the gunman exits the mosque and fires in both directions down the sidewalk before returning to his car for another gun — which, like the others, was inscribed with numbers, symbols or messages. When he re-enters the mosque, he shoots several bodies at close range.

Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Getty A man makes a phone call next to car with shattered windows near the mosque after a shooting in Christchurch.

After another few minutes, he returns to his vehicle and drives away.

“There wasn’t even time to aim, there was so many targets,” he says at one point, as the sirens of an emergency response vehicle blare in the background.

— MEGAN SPECIA and JASON BAILEY

A white nationalist manifesto

Before the shooting, someone appearing to be the gunman publicly posted links to a white nationalist manifesto on Twitter and the online forum 8chan. The 8chan post included a link to what appeared to be the gunman’s Facebook page, where he said he would also broadcast live video of the attack.

The Twitter posts showed weapons covered in the names of past military generals and men who have recently carried out mass shootings.

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Cabinet 'absolutely unified' over gun law decisions - Jacinda Ardern She's encouraging people to voluntarily surrender their weapons. Speaking alongside her, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said that on Friday "our world changed forever and so will some of our laws". An inquiry looking at the circumstances leading up to the mosque terror attack will also be launched. This will take in the SIS, GCSB, Police, Customs and Immigration, and will look at the attack could have been stopped. It will look at accused gunman's Brenton Tarrant's travel, use of social media, and access to weapons, as well as whether there were any impediments to sharing information.

Gunmen have opened fire at mosques in Christchurch , with at least six people believed to have been killed and police urging residents to stay indoors. A dead body has been seen lying near Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and a second gunman has been seen near Linwood Masjid mosque .

Christchurch schools will be locked down until further notice. "Police thanks the public for their cooperation and will provide further updates to A reporter following the Bangladesh cricket team, who are currently in New Zealand, tweeted that the team had "escaped from a mosque near Hagley

In his manifesto, he identified himself as a 28-year-old man born in Australia and listed his white nationalist heroes. Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Getty A police officer cordons off the area close to the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch.

Four mosques attacked with sledgehammers in Birmingham

Four mosques attacked with sledgehammers in Birmingham Counter-terrorism detectives in the West Midlands are investigating attacks on four mosques in Birmingham overnight. Police responded to reports of a man smashing windows with a sledgehammer at a mosque in Birchfield Road at 2.32am, but when they arrived at the scene they discovered the attack had taken place some time earlier. Around 42 minutes later, police were alerted to a similar attack at a mosque in Slade Road, Erdington. Patrols were stepped up across the city and officers discovered further damage at places of worship in Witton Road, Aston, and on Broadway in Perry Barr.

The shooting happened a day after the country’s minister for climate change, James Shaw, 45, told the police that he was grabbed and hit on the street in the An injured man outside a mosque in central Christchurch , where the police reported an active shooter .CreditMark Baker/Associated Press.

Police have asked mosques to close across New Zealand. All updates in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). "Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch ," said the Swedish He added that he thought saw several dead on the scene. The attack had reportedly been

He described what he said had motivated him to carry out the attack, and said he had purposely used guns to stir discord in the United States over the Second Amendment’s provision on the right to bear arms.

He also declared himself a fascist. “For once, the person that will be called a fascist, is an actual fascist,” he wrote in the manifesto, adding that China’s “political and social values” were closest to his own. Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Getty Members of the public react in front of the Masjd Al Noor Mosque.

— DANIEL VICTOR and TIFFANY MAY

YouTube star ‘sickened’ by being cited in video

Felix Kjellberg, a polarizing Youtube celebrity known as PewDiePie, distanced himself from the attacks after the man who filmed himself shooting victims at a mosque encouraged viewers to “subscribe to PewDiePie” in a video livestream. Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Getty Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaking at Kirribilli House after a shooting in Christchurch.

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Forty people have died in two mosque shootings in Christchurch , with explosive devices found attached to vehicles of some of those arrested. Mr Bush confirmed there were fatalities at two different locations - a mosque at Deans Ave and a mosque at Linwood Ave. He said he was unsure if

“I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person,” Mr. Kjellberg, a Swede, said on Twitter. “My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Mr. Kjellberg has courted controversy by performing anti-Semitic gestures, which he calls satirical, in his videos. He has a following of 89 million subscribers, including alt-right and white supremacist accounts.

— TIFFANY MAY

Scrutiny of social media postings

Over the last 18 months, tech companies have promised to put stronger safeguards in place to ensure that violent content is not distributed through their sites, especially during breaking news events. Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Getty Police Commissioner Mike Bush speaks to media.

But those new safeguards were not enough to stop the posting of a video and manifesto believed related to Friday’s shooting across various social media channels.

A 17-minute video that included graphic footage apparently of the shooting could be found on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram more than an hour after being posted. While both Facebook and Twitter took down pages thought to be linked to a gunman in the attack, the content that had been posted on them was already spreading rapidly through other accounts.

Dozens of versions of the video could be found through a quick search of words and names linked to a suspected gunman. Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Getty Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament.

The country’s police commissioner, Mike Bush, said the social media postings “shouldn’t be in the public domain.”

In order to evade detection, people appeared to be cropping the video or posting the text of the manifesto as an image — both of which are techniques used to evade automated systems put into place by social media channels to automatically find and delete content.

Social media companies largely rely on artificial intelligence to automatically find and remove banned content. The companies have heavily invested in those systems, with Facebook reporting last year that more than 99 percent of terrorism content by the Islamic State and Al Qaeda was found and removed through artificial intelligence.

A Facebook spokeswoman offered condolences to the victims and said the company was working to stop the spread of any content in support of the attack. Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Getty Armed police maintain a presence outside the Masijd Ayesha Mosque in Manurewa.

“Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video,” said Mia Garlick of Facebook New Zealand.

She added that the company was “also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.”

— SHEERA FRENKEL and DANIEL VICTOR

An attack during Friday prayers

Moustafa Farouk, a spokesman for the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, said it was especially shocking for Muslims that the attack occurred during midday Friday prayers.

“Its Friday, when we normally congregate for our prayers, so no one ever thought this would happen,” Mr. Farouk said in a telephone interview. Christchurch Shooting Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit © Getty Ramzan Ali, thought to be the last man to get out of the Masjd Al Noor Mosque alive.

Mr. Farouk, who said he was on his way to Christchurch to meet with Muslims there, said he had never imagined that an attack of this kind could happen in New Zealand, which he described as a country with a “good reputation.”

“It’s one of the most peaceful countries in the world,” he added, although he said that “this kind of random act of violence will affect that image.”

— MEGAN SPECIA

‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’

Ms. Ardern called Friday “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

“What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” the prime minister said at a news conference in New Plymouth, describing the shooting as “an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand.”

“Many of those affected may be migrants to New Zealand — they may even be refugees here,” Ms. Ardern said of the victims. “They are one of us. The person who has perpetrated these acts is not.”

“My thoughts, and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders, are with those affected and their families,” the prime minister added.

— CHARLOTTE GRAHAM McLAY

‘My really good friend goes there’

Aman Singh, who works at a convenience store close to the Deans Avenue mosque, said he had heard the gunshots on Friday afternoon, and that shortly afterward people had streamed past the shop, bloody and crying.

Mr. Singh, 26, said he knew several people who worshiped at the mosque.

“My really good friend goes there,” he said, adding that he had not been able to confirm the friend’s whereabouts on Friday afternoon.

Mr. Singh, who moved to New Zealand from India four and a half years ago, was still hiding in the store with his wife, as the police had yet to arrive at their location.

He said they would be unlikely to be able to return home anyway, as their street was cordoned off because it was close to the Linwood Mosque that was also attacked.

— CHARLOTTE GRAHAM-McLAY

Lawmaker warns against ‘knee-jerk response’

Trevor Mallard, a Labour party lawmaker and the speaker of the house, said he was evacuated from Canterbury University, where he was with several other lawmakers to attend a student protest over climate change that is part of a worldwide movement.

Mr. Mallard described the shootings as “absolutely awful and unfair,” and he urged New Zealanders against “any sort of knee-jerk response.”

“Security is constantly under review, and this will be factored in,” he said, although he added that he did not expect “massive changes in the longer term” to security at Parliament.

— CHARLOTTE GRAHAM-McLAY

Murders are rare in New Zealand, but guns aren’t

Murders are rare in New Zealand, and gun homicides even rarer. There were 35 murders countrywide in 2017. And since 2007, gun homicides have been in the single digits each year except 2009, when there were 11.

But there are plenty of guns.

There were 1.2 million registered firearms in the country of 4.6 million people in 2017, according to the Small Arms Survey, a Swiss nonprofit.

A mass shooting in the New Zealand in 1990 — when a man killed 13 people, including two 6-year-olds, after a dispute with his neighbor in the seaside town of Aramoana — led directly to tightened gun laws, including restrictions on “military style semiautomatic weapons.”

Gun owners must be licensed, a process that includes a review of criminal activity and mental health, attendance at a safety program, an explanation of how the gun would be used, a residence visit to ensure secure storage, and testimonials from relatives and friends.

— DANIEL VICTOR

Bangladeshi cricketers flee a mosque under siege

One of the members of Bangladesh’s national cricket team, who said he and other teammates had fled the mosque as the shooting began, tweeted about his escape.

The cricketer, Mushfiqur Rahim, thanked god for his safety and wrote: “we r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us.”

The team later confirmed on its own Twitter account that all members of the national team were safe, adding that “The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is in constant contact with the players and team management.”

— MEGAN SPECIA

Reporting was contributed by Charlotte Graham-McLay from Wellington, New Zealand; Megan Specia and Jason Bailey from New York; Daniel Victor and Tiffany May from Hong Kong; and Sheera Frenkel from San Francisco.

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