PM statement on the New Zealand attack: 15 March 2019

Tory leader Scheer issues new statement on attacks including mention of Muslims

There were bodies all over, witnesses recall

The New Zealand police did confirm that a 28-year-old male has been arrested and charged with murder.

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 US has an estimated 327.2 million people, but the gun violence rates are notably different when looked at with comparitive sizes. About an hour after police initially responded, they reported that a "serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter". Another 48 people suffered gunshot wounds in the attacks.

Police did not immediately say whether the same person was responsible for both shootings. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has issued a revised statement on the terrorist attacks in New Zealand after being criticized for not mentioning that the attack was against Muslims at mosques during their Friday prayers. We offer our deepest condolences. The attackers specifically targeted Muslims.

Relief groups like the New Zealand Red Cross are already helping the community register missing persons, connect with loved ones, or mark themselves safe. It is also generally considered to be welcoming to migrants and refugees.

Speaking in Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the gunman as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

Armed police were deployed after shots were fired at a mosque around 1:40 p.m. local time.

One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.

"I saw dead people everywhere".

He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door. "I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone". He then walks outside, where he shoots at people on the sidewalk.

TRT World's Jacob Brown explains.

The second attack took place at the Linwood mosque about 5 kilometres (3 miles) away. In fact, right now, I'm sure New Zealand would like me to share a message on their behalf too.

The footage showed the killer was carrying a shotgun and two fully automatic military assault rifles, with an extra magazine taped to one of the weapons so that he could reload quickly.

The country had gun registration laws dating back to the 1800s, but in recent history, the most notable laws was the Arms Act of 1983 that banned the registration of certain long guns and required police to conduct background checks on anyone hoping to get a gun registration.

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".

New Zealand Cricket said they had chose to cancel the test, which was scheduled to start at Hagley Oval on Saturday, after discussions with the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned.

Christchurch was the home of these victims.

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