Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Suspect in New Zealand mosque killings makes first court appearance

Suspect in New Zealand mosque killings makes first court appearance

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.

That said, the two countries are dramatically different in size, with New Zealand having a population of less than 4.8 million people while the USA has an estimated 327.2 million people, but the gun violence rates are notably different when looked at with comparitive sizes.

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.

Most of the victims were at the Al Noor mosque, as the attacker was reportedly chased out of the Linwood mosque by a "well known Muslim local" who fired two shots in pursuit, according to the New Zealand Herald.

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

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating natural disaster in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people.

He visited Bulgaria from November 9-15 a year ago claiming he wanted "to visit historical sites and study the history of the Balkan country", Bulgaria's public prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said, adding that the inquiry would establish if this was "correct or if he had other objectives". Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

Police warned Muslims across the country not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand" in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.

TRT World's Jacob Brown explains.

A still image taken from video circulated on social media apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand Mar 15 2019. Social Media Website  Handout via REUTERS TV

Currently, New Zealand restricts the purchase of "military-style semi-automatic weapons" to those 18 or older. Registration of individual weapons is not required.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

He said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist.

He was living in Dunedin, a seaside city south of Christchurch, has traveled around the world and spent sporadic periods in New Zealand.

The prime minister noted that it appeared the attacks appeared to have been well planned.

At least 49 people were killed and more were injured.

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

Before Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history took place in 1990 in the small town of Aramoana, where a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbour.

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On March 6, a notification was issued stating that PUBG Mobile and the MOMO Challenge were banned , the report added. The ban was reportedly issued due to concerns about the game's impact on players' "behavior, conduct, and language".


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