NZ gun ownership is among highest in the world

NZ gun ownership is among highest in the world

Kerry Wise
March 17, 2019

"Lots of love for our Muslim brothers", read a handwritten card on a wall of flowers in a historic part of the city that stretched a full block.

The hospital also confirmed 39 people are still receiving treatment, with 11 of them in intensive care.

Bush said police had found two improvised explosive devices in one auto, a clarification from an earlier statement that there were devices in multiple vehicles. An officer stopped him.

Hungry for any news, families and friends of the victims gathered at the city's Hagley College, near the hospital. "Prayers go to the victims and their families", he tweeted.

"This attack has been an enormous shock for all New Zealanders, and I am aware that there is a real sense of fear and concern for personal safety, particularly among our Muslim communities", New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said.

"Never in my life would I have thought this would happen to us", said Shaik.

The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said it was not aware of any threats locally but urged mosques and Muslim centers "to take increased security precautions".

"People started to pass by us with blood stains on their clothes, they were very scared and their voices were trembling, some people could not even speak", restaurant manager Prakash Sapkota, who was near the mosques, told Euronews.

"People living in this peaceful country of Canada, they should feel safe and it should not stop them coming to the mosque". The couple was due to fly out Sunday.

Abdulrahman Hashi, 60, a preacher at Dar Al Hijrah Mosque in Minneapolis, told The Washington Post that his 4-year-old nephew was among those killed. They have not heard from him since.

Ardern said 30 people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, the city's main mosque, and another 10 at a mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand Saturday

Christchurch hospital's chief of surgery, Dr Greg Robertson, said numerous victims would require multiple surgeries. No images have emerged from the second mosque. Another showed a pair of figures, one in a headscarf, embracing.

Officers also discovered explosive devices in a vehicle, which were defused.

Tributes in Christchurch following the attack.

A complex and comprehensive investigation into the attack was underway, Ardern pointed out. There is growing mainstream acceptance of the "Islamization" conspiracy, says Lydia Khalil, a terrorism expert at Australian think-tank the Lowy Institute.

During the Saturday morning hearing, a man who was not in court was charged with using writings to incite hatred against a race or ethnicity, but it was not clear if his case was related to the mosque attacks.

One global survey conducted in 2018 placed New Zealand as the world's safest country.

According to the same source, the estimated the estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in the country is 33.26, a figure that is higher than Australia, but far lower than the U.S. In 2015, it had just eight.

There are 49 people who were shot to death and 48 others injured after terrorists attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

"Our gun law will be changed", said Ardern. She said she was with her son, who is "traumatized" after being shot in his back and leg.

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle.

The terror attack suspect, who live-streamed for about 17 minutes his rampage through two mosques here, is an Australian-born citizen and is a resident of Dunedin, situated around 360 km south of Christchurch.

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