Mosque attacks spark outrage, fuel concern over Islamophobia

Mosque attacks spark outrage, fuel concern over Islamophobia

Mosque attacks spark outrage, fuel concern over Islamophobia

Police said they have arrested three men and a woman, and while they don't think there are any armed offenders still at large, they can't be sure the danger has passed or the incident is confined to Christchurch.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters, saying a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

"I was running and there was a guy [who] said there was a shooting in the mosque so I was running, while I was running there was a lady being shot", he said.

It has been widely reported that the suspected gunman in the New Zealand massacre took to social media platforms to live stream his attacks.

During a second shooting at the nearby Linwood Masjid Mosque, seven people were killed.

"They were not a resident of Christchurch".

Yet the gunman himself highlighted New Zealand's remoteness as a reason he chose it.

"An expert testified before parliament in 2016 that it was only a matter of time before a mass shooting occurred in New Zealand", he told SBS News.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's statement condemned the attacks as terrorism and said everyone must work to "confront Islamophobia".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has described this as one of the country's "darkest days", while around the world political and religious leaders have expressed their condemnation of the attack.

"The University of Toronto community has reacted with horror and sorrow on hearing of the terrorist atrocities committed against Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday", U of T President Meric Gertler said on Friday.

The 59-year-old Canadian songwriter was due to appear at Hagley Park in the New Zealand city on Sunday, but has since put the concert on hold following the tragic attack.

She said her government was working with consular officials from countries including "Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia", to deal with the aftermath of the attack that killed 49 people.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier confirmed that one of the four people taken into custody is Australian.

Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were found in a auto and neutralized by the military, while police raided a home in Dunedin, where Ardern said the suspect was based. Friday is Islam's holy day.

The Premier also weighed in on the tragedy, tweeting: "I strongly condemn the horrifying attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand".

"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud.

Muath said his brother helped establish the mosque a year after arriving in New Zealand, where he teaches engineering at a university and runs a consultancy.

Historical ties with those two countries, as well as a general reaction to those events internationally impacted New Zealand's view on their own national laws.

"There were bodies all over", he said.

Christchurch, a relatively small city on New Zealand's south island, hit global headlines in 2011 when it was struck by a deadly quake, killing more than 180 people.

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