Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Ambassador: Palestinians among victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

Ambassador: Palestinians among victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

The gunman who killed numerous worshippers in a New Zealand mosque on Friday was a right-wing extremist with Australian citizenship, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Ardern said more than 20 people were seriously injured during the shootings at two mosques during Friday prayers.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Ardern said New Zealand had been placed on its highest security threat level.

Compounding the horror of Friday's massacre in New Zealand: Video emerged online that appeared to be bodycam footage of the suspect firing his weapon.

"We were chosen because we represent diversity, kindness compassion, a home for those who share our values, a refuge for those who need it and those values, I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack..."

"Remember, lads, subscribe to PewDiePie." said the attackers of the New Zealand mosque terror attack.

"Just heard news of the devastating reports from Christchurch, New Zealand" he said. The graphic, almost 20-minute video showed the entire attack unfold as the gunman drove to the location and then began to perpetrate the terrible act.

The commissioner said police had been dealing with two shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, one at Deans Avenue and one at Linwood Avenue.

"We urge New Zealanders to stay vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111". "We are doing everything we can to remove it", he said. Authorities described it as a "serious ongoing firearms incident".

A Palestinian man who was in one of the mosques said he saw someone being shot in the head.

Bush confirmed the shootings had resulted in "multiple fatalities". "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", Peneha told the Associated Press.

People stood across the road from a mosque in central Christchurch.

Commissioner Bush said in a public statement that all Christchurch schools had been "placed into lockdown". "It took nearly half an hour, more than half an hour by the time the ambulance could arrive and I think he must have died". Authorities made Facebook aware of the video shortly after the video began, according to Mia Garlick, Facebook's director of policy for Australia and New Zealand. Police also said a number of improvised explosive devices were discovered on vehicles in the immediate area.

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