Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jacinda Ardern refuses to speak gunman's name

Jacinda Ardern refuses to speak gunman's name

In New Zealand, the bodies of some of the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks have been handed over to their families.

New Zealand's Cabinet has agreed "in principle" to reform the country's gun laws just days after a gunman attacked two mosques in Christchurch, leaving fifty people dead and dozens more wounded.

"He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety - that is why you will never hear me mention his name", Ms Ardern said in an emotional address at New Zealand's parliament.

The New Zealand government's vow to pass stiffer gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre has produced a run on gun stores, especially benefiting military-style semi-automatic weapons, before any new bans or restrictions can pass. "There can not be a case of all profit, no responsibility", she said, adding that she had received "some communication" from Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg on the matter.

Aya Al-Umari, whose older brother Hussien Al-Umari died at the Al Noor mosque, wept as she talked about a kind man.

He appeared in court last Saturday and entered no plea.

Another six have been identified and will be returned shortly.

"We have been in contact with Facebook; they have given us updates on their efforts to have it removed, but as I say, it's our view that it can not - should not - be distributed, available, able to be viewed".

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Wearing a headscarf to show respect to Muslims, the prime minister was captured in photos and videos hugging Muslim women to show her support for the Muslim community in New Zealand.

She opened and closed her comments today in Arabic. He says Facebook removed 1.5 million videos of the attacks in the 24 hours after the event.

More than 250 New Zealand police are working on the inquiry, with staff from the U.S. FBI and Australia's Federal Police joining them.

A gun shop owner said the attacker purchased four guns from him through a "police-verified online mail order process", but it was unclear whether any of those firearms were used in the shootings.

She has also announced a full review of how the Australian, an avowed white supremacist, was able to plan and carry out the attacks in New Zealand under the radar of security services. Islamic tradition calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible.

She spoke about the two police officers who "rammed the vehicle from which the offender was still shooting", and people who tried to wrestle away the gun and throw a credit card machine at the killer.

Thirty people remain hospitalized in the Christchurch hospital, nine of them in critical condition.A 4-year-old child in critical condition has been transferred to a hospital in Auckland for further treatment.

Janna Ezat, whose son, Hussein Al-Umari, was killed in the Al Noor mosque, visited the memorial at the gardens and became overwhelmed by the outpouring of love.

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