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49 killed in New Zealand mosques massacre


Christchurch, March 15 (IANS): At least 49 people were killed when gunmen said to be whites opened indiscriminate fire at two mosques in Christchurch city on Friday in what a shocked New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said was a terror attack.

Calling the shootings "abhorrent", Christchurch Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 41 people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque near Hagley Park and seven at the Linwood Avenue Mosque. One person died in hospital, The New Zealand Herald reported.

Bush said one man in his late 20s had been charged with murder and the police had recovered a lot of firearms from both the Linwood Avenue and Al Noor Mosque shooting scenes.

The Christchurch Hospital said earlier that 48 people had suffered gunshot wounds.

Ardern called the killings "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and an "unprecedented" situation.

At least one of the killers was an Australian man. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the suspected attacker as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

The Australian reportedly livestreamed shooting at Al Noor Mosque in a 17-minute video and wrote a manifesto declaring his intentions, saying "it is a terrorist attack", Commissioner Bush told the media.

BBC quoted witnesses as saying that they ran for their lives and saw people bleeding on the ground outside the Al Noor mosque.

The gunman targeted the men's prayer room in the mosque and then moved to the women's room.

"It is clear that this can only be described as a terrorist attack. From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned. Two explosive devices attached to suspects' vehicles have been found and they have been disarmed," Prime Minister Ardern said.

Three men and a woman were arrested after the massacre, authorities said, adding that none of them were on any terrorism watch, including in Australia.

"These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world," Ardern said.

She said it was obvious the attacks had been planned for some time.

The police said there were also multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles as part of the attack.

"This goes to the seriousness of the situation," Bush said.

The Bangladesh cricket team now touring New Zealand had a narrow escape as the entire team had gone to one of the mosques near Hagley Park for Friday prayers.

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team had gone to the mosque by bus and were about to go inside when the incident took place.

The New Zealand-Bangladesh third Test match set to be played in Christchurch was axed.

The government advised people not to go to mosques until further notice. All Christchurch schools were shut down.

One man, Robert Weatherhead, told Newstalk that he took in people who escaped from the Al Noor mosque.

He described the gunman as "white, aged in his 30s or 40s and wearing a uniform".

Another witness, who was in the front row of devotees when the gunman came in, told the New Zealand Herald that the suspect first shot people outside, adding that he heard the gun being reloaded about three times.

"The gunman began shooting in all directions," the witness said.

A woman told the Christchurch Star she lay in her car near the mosque as four to five men came running towards her. Another man said he hid under a bench till the shooting stopped.


Comment on this article

  • Pradeep, Bengaluru

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Wonder what triggered this man to do it?

    He doesn't look like a trained terrorist that we see in Kashmir scenario...

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    COWards supporting the killing of innocents are indeed COW pee drinkers and COW worshipers.
    Rest in peace your upbringing!!

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Sainik
    Why you bring "cow worshiper" or" cow pee drinkers"what is relation to them with the ppl supporting kling? You unnecessarily brining "cow" in this matter

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  • sushanth, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    why you are targeting innocent Cow?

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  • medwin, mulki

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    your comments shows your mind set. at least condemn this terror attack. terrorist supporters are always there, it could be Pulwama or Christchurch

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Medwin your ancestors (british) played divide and rule already. Now you please don't fan the kindle.

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  • PEDDA GUNDOO, MANGALURU

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Western world will pay one day very heavily and they will loose their own identity and will be minority in their own country ! and whole EUROPEAN COUNTRY will become either SYRIA or Pookistan !

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  • PEDDA GUNDOO, MANGALURU

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Western Culture will vanish within no times and the world will reverse to the Stone Age soon ! Sharia law will be implemented all over the world and Science will be shut the doors ! There will be only one religion and rest of the people atheist !!

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  • Peter Saldanha, Udupi

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    when Pulwama attack happend where our soldiers were brutally killed few people reacted here, Killing a man is like killing the humanity wherever, whoever killed. Why silence on our soldiers are killed, you can not be too partial.

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  • Asif, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    It is an inhumane approach to view the incident based on the people who have died and it shows the mind set of the area you are while justifying the same. This was the same approach some had when an 8 year old was raped and killed just because she was from a minority community and your types don't follow your own religious teaching

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  • PEDDA GUNDOO, MANGALURU

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    The pain only knows one who effected not the others ! Its like give and take ! Thousand and thousand people are suffered from the Terrorists. There are people who silently supporting this act ! Its not terrorist born themselves there are admirers are there including funding. I pity on those poor people ( no muslims) who lost their lives for no reasons.

    Dont say we are peace loving people just prove it !

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  • Indian, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Sad and shocking. Hope the PM of NZ will not take political mileage out of it like....

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  • Shenoy, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Hope there are no anti nationals in Newzeland to directly/indirectly support terror acts like...

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  • sk, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    What a reply...

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  • Sangram, Kundapur

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Dear Shenoy,once a gulama always Gulama of One chor familiy

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  • Manju, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Syria , Iraq , Yamen, Libya , Afghanistan Sudan and Somalia are very religious countries and people living there are also peaceful people so one should migrate to these countries for peaceful life and religious life.

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  • Salah, AUH

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Mr. Manju, how about UAE, BRUNEI, MALAYSIA, QATAR, TURKMENISTAN.
    I'm sure you guys will be the first in line to jump the boat if they start to issue passports:p

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Most of these middle East countries are peaceful, but they are not giving citizenship ,not even helping refugees to settle in. On the other hand Western countries have made it very easy for asylum and refugee immigration ,so much so that many people are gaining resident status by falsifying records. But for legal immigration it is a very long and difficult process.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    We went thru the same ordeal in 26/11 ...

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  • Salah, AUH

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Wow! A lot of terrorist sympathizers are out today!

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  • Pai, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Salah, AUH
    How many were praising that terrorist when 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred?

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  • Salah, AUH

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Can you show one comment in this forum if anyone has supported pulwama attack?!

    You clearly showed your mentality. Have some shame!
    Whoever celebrates death of innocent souls are no less than actual perpetrators.

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Nobody, but you.

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  • Chris, Tel Aviv

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    I knew something like this would happen , it will happen again until these peace lovers respect others religion and most importantly respect the law of the country they live in .now they are at the receiving end, 2795

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  • Raaz, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Millions of other Faith people living peacefully in Peacelovers Country...Be a human first ...If you are a true follower of Jesus...

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  • Abdul Aleem Faroqui, UAE

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    You words are filthy. Keep your hate for some other time you know what I mean.. I am not surprised the way you speak since you live in “PIECE loving Country” and not the “Peace” which rest of the world believe in..

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    A typical jew statement. A honest soldier.

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  • Pai, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    When 'they' say they are the religion of peace, they should do as they say!

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Shame on the commentators who justify the killing of innocents and have sympathy towards the terrorists.
    When a brother cannot be blamed for brother's wrongdoings; son cannot be blamed for father's wrongdoings; father cannot be blamed for son's wrongdoings; sister cannot be blamed for brother's wrongdoings- here some commentators are justifying even the Killings of innocents by referring to wrongdoings of someone else of their religion. This is not how the civilized people think. This is the language of terrorists. And these are the same people who criticize terrorism.

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  • alwyn, shirva

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    during pulwama attack also some people supported papistan based terrorist. they didn't felt the condition of those 40 CRPF family members. some people enjoyed by blame game in this forum. some people asked proof which indirectly support the terrorist. so first we should accept the peace policy in our day to day life.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    pulwama crpf martyred soldiers families asked proof. don't insult crpf soldiers martyred families.

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    @Alwyn,

    What is the connection between the people who supported (nobody but the terrorists supported) Pulwama attack and the people who got killed in the Masjid in New Zealand?

    Even If somebody supported Pulwama attack, are you supporting New Zealand attack? So what is the difference between you and those who supported Pulwama attack?

    So according to your your justification, you have to take the side of a terrorist if that terrorist attacks worshippers coming out of the church and justify it by saying that some people from you supported Hitler in the Killings of lakhs of Jewish people. Can you do.that?

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  • Aravind, Blr

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    You are right, there is no relation. So what was the justification and relationship when any of the hundreds of world wide attacks happened? Against civilians as well as our forces. That apart, this is a condemnable act of violence. Guess it is time for immigrants to respect and align with local culture, customs and law, be it Europe, north America or elsewhere. Time to show gratitude to the countries which are giving shelter.

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    @Alwyn,
    I am also from Shirva. I had stayed there for so many years . I had so many close friends from Christian community in in Shirva while I was there in my childhood. But I never hated them for the deeds of Hitler. It's so easy to understand. Why can't you understand? Is that so difficult to understand?

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  • Nithin Bhat, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    They are only peace lovers when they are in minority. When they touch 30-35% the others feel the heat , with their unique requirements that hinder co-existance.

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  • Mukesh Attavar, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    People belonging to the '' peace loving '' do not like to exist peacefully in peaceful nations too ..

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  • Asmath, Sharjah

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    All religions are suffering from these terrorists.
    The people pointing at any innocent people regardless of their religion, are terrorists.

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  • Thomas Pinto, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Stop immigration else white people will be outnumbered by Pakistanis just like UK.

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  • Thousif, Manglore,Bolar

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Did you ready full news ? Thomos

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  • Thousif, Manglore, Bolar

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Some people not even ready to read full news .They just started to blame Muslim After readying full news they confuse what they comment lol .

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  • Thomas Pinto, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    why you are reacting when i write about pakistan? mirchi lagti hai tumhe

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  • sunil, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    I think this one is caught on the wrong foot. I mean this seems to be the act of a frustrated non-muslim guy.

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  • Rahul, Jeppu

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Should be internal fight between two sects of the same religion. This happens in middle East all the time. We have seen mosque bombings and shootings in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Eqypt, etc

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Very sad
    Terrorists are playing with human life that too in the worship places.

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  • RANGA, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    .. Terror has no religion...we have to believe it...

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  • Mangalorian, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    But world knows which religion has the most terrorists.

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  • Thousif, Manglore, Bolar

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Not world only your type of knew it . I dnt say all Christian is terriorst because of Thse cowardly attack of few extremist. I say terrorist have no religion

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