Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Suspect live streams New Zealand mosque attack on social media

Suspect live streams New Zealand mosque attack on social media

"It's a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside". Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. We wish we knew your favourite song, what makes you smile, what makes you cry. "This is your home and you should have been safe here" the caption reads. On Saturday, people across the country were reaching out to Muslims in their communities on social media to volunteer acts of kindness - offering rides to the grocery store or volunteering to walk with them if they felt unsafe.

At least 40 people were reportedly killed in twin attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, according to Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern.

Ordinary people expressed their horror online about a widely disseminated video of a man apparently indiscriminately shooting people inside a mosque with an assault rifle. Two other men are in custody over the attacks.

"We have to be absolutely clear on the cause of death and confirm their identity before that can happen", he said. He would not say whether the same shooter was responsible for both attacks.

Indonesia's ambassador to New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya, told Reuters inquiries were being made as to whether Indonesians were caught up in the attack. The players arrived for Friday prayers as the shooting started.

Hundreds of angry protesters in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, chanted "allahu akbar" (God is Greatest) after Friday prayers. He said one was slightly injured.

Several more people were killed in an attack on a second mosque in the city a short time later.

New Zealand was placed on its highest security threat level, Ardern said, adding that "this can now only be described as a terrorist attack".

The country's police chief described these acts of violence as a "very well-planned event".

Armed police on Linwood Ave and specialist armed police after the Linwood Mosque came under attack
JOSEPH JOHNSON STUFFArmed police on Linwood Ave and specialist armed police after the Linwood Mosque came under attack

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the four people detained was an Australian-born citizen.

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

Police departments in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco said extra precautions will be taken at mosques beginning Friday, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan offered condolences and reassurances to the city's Muslim community.

Muslims have been visiting other groups and organisations across Ipswich to improve their understanding of different religions and have encouraged others to visit the mosque to ask any questions they have about Islam. "It's unbelievable nutty. I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

"I saw dead people everywhere".

Another seven people were killed at Linwood mosque and one more person died later at Christchurch Hospital.

Al-Azhar University, Egypt's 1,000-year-old seat of Sunni Islamic learning, called the attack "a risky indicator of the dire consequences of escalating hate speech, xenophobia, and the spread of Islamophobia".

Peneha, who lives next door to the mosque, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in his driveway, and fled. "Feeling very sick, that person is brainless and a savage", said one Indonesian Twitter user who identified himself as Farhan Adhitama.

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