3-year-old died 'in his father's arms' during New Zealand massacre

by Garry Watts March 17, 2019, 0:41
3-year-old died 'in his father's arms' during New Zealand massacre

Brenton Tarrant, an Australian-born 28-year-old man who was arrested for the massacres of at least 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15 has been charged with murder.

Two other people have been arrested in connection with the terror attack, and they remain in custody as police conduct an ongoing investigation as to their possible involvement.

Two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that shocked the world and is the deadliest shooting in the country's modern history.

Ardern said children were caught up in the attack and one of the injured was a two-year-old boy.

The massacre left 41 at the Al Noor Mosque dead before the suspect journeyed to the Linwood Avenue Mosque where he killed another seven victims, one more later died in hospital.

It follows the shootings of people attending two mosques in Christchurch.

A number of improvised explosive devices found on a vehicle after the shootings were defused by police.

There are now four individuals who have been apprehended, but three are connected to this attack who are now in custody, one of which has publicly stated that they were Australian-born.

Earlier, she gave more details about the attack.

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Commissioner Mike Bush hailed the "absolute bravery" of both police and members of the public "who put themselves in harm's way" to apprehend the suspect. An officer stopped him.

'We just want to know if they are dead or alive, ' Mohammed told the officer.

The attack, which Ms Ardern labelled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest. - AP A woman photographs messages posted on a wall at the Botanical Gardens Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Christchurch, New Zealand. But it has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world.

A Jordanian man says his 4-year-old niece is fighting for her life after being wounded in the New Zealand mosque shootings.

"As soon as New Zealanders hear that someone was legally able to acquire, as I'm advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun laws, and that is why we will respond swiftly", Ardern said.

"He always seemed to embody the philosophies of the fitness industry which is that we are inclusive and we accept all shapes of sizes and all fitness abilities and we are here to help and improve and help people", she said.

The Crusaders are the defending champions in Super Rugby, a competition that involves teams from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Japan and Argentina.

The response from some Muslim countries went further, blaming politicians and the media for stoking that hatred. In other forums, people discussed Muslim food restrictions as they prepared to drop off meals for those affected.

"I think we must be clear that the context of the gun laws between New Zealand and Australia are very different", Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. Ardern suggested "now is the time for change" and hinted she was closely looking at rules regulating ownership of semi-automatic weapons.

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