Mosque Massacre: A hate-fuelled attack on values that unite us all


After the visit, Ardern travelled to a hospital at which 39 people are being treated from injuries. Forty-two people were injured, including a four-year-old child, who is fighting for life.

The Super Rugby clash in Dunedin between the Otago Highlanders and Canterbury Crusaders, who are based in Christchurch, was called off on Saturday out of respect for the victims and their families. "I don't think this country, would say that rugby was the most important thing".

Within hours of the brutal massacre of Muslim congregations gathered for Friday prayers at two mosques in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that "it is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", a charge that echoed in the statements of condemnation that have since poured in from many Western leaders. "It is at times like this we draw on those relationships to continue dialogue on concerns and fears surrounding the tragic incidents that happened in New Zealand".

"It's outrageous, the feeling is outrageous", he said.

The attack led to an outpouring of grief and shock that a white-supremacist fanatic could carry out a terrorist attack on such a scale in a country widely regarded as one of the world's most peaceful.

At least 49 people have died, seven at Linwood Masjid Mosque and 41 at Masjid Al Noor Mosque. "Our hearts are breaking for your loss", read one of the notes marked with a string of x-kisses.

Ardern met the families of victims on Saturday.

New South Wales state Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said his officers are investigating to help New Zealand police and to ensure the safety of residents in the Australian state where suspect Brenton Tarrant is from. Later in the day, it emerged that he used five guns in Friday's attack, including two shotguns and two semi-automatic weapons.

Several guns have been recovered from both mosques, while, two explosive devices were found on two vehicles at the scene, one of which was defused, the police confirmed.

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As Ardern revealed deatails about the suspect's weapons and his background, she promised changes to the country's gun laws.

The suspect documented his radicalisation and two years of preparations in a lengthy, meandering and conspiracy filled far-right "manifesto".

He live-streamed footage of himself going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away in the main Christchurch mosque.

Two men and a woman, including a man in his late 20s who was charged with murder, were in custody last night.

"Their intervention may very likely have saved further lives". He has been charged with one count of murder.

Numerous victims hailed from around the world.

"New Zealanders are devastated", Jackson said in a statement to Variety.

The attack has prompted searching questions about whether right-wing extremism has been treated with enough seriousness by Western governments.

He said the Fijian people stood with their Pacific family in this time of suffering and sadness, and we condemn all forms of hatred and terror.