Trump denies uptick in white nationalism after New Zealand attack

16 March, 2019, 04:28 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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A man in his late twenties was charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning, police confirmed. He said he then went into the mosque to try to help the victims.

At least one of the killers was an Australian man. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door. Police said the manifesto contains conspiracy theories and echoes white nationalism seen at protests that resulted in violence in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.

Authorities have not revealed the names and identities of who they have in custody, but police confirmed there are three men and one woman being held.

Bush said he would not at this time "be discussing the offenders' possible motivations or the causes of this incident".

"We urge New Zealanders to stay vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111".

Facebook said it had removed the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and deleted the video.

He tweeted: "Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand following the news of this bad act in Christchurch".

Four people, including one woman, have been arrested by New Zealand authorities; the primary shooter Brenton Tarrant broadcast the attack at Al-Nour Mosque live on social media, and posted a link to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and explanations for an attack.

Stuff.co.nz understands the emergency department at Christchurch Hospital has been cleared out.

"There were bodies all over", he said.

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The shooter open-fired indiscriminately on the congregation and even shot people at point-blank range.

New Zealand police said they have detained four people and had secured a number of improvised explosive devices. Friday is Islam's holy day.

Police are not looking for any named or identified suspects, he says, but adds that it would be "wrong to assume that there is no-one else".

American ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Scott Brown, wrote on Twitter: "We're heartbroken over the events in Christchurch today". He said he considered it a terrorist attack.

"They are safe. But they are mentally shocked".

"He asked what offer of support the U.S. could provide", she said.

Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.

However, anyone over 16 can apply for a standard firearms licence after doing a safety course, which allows them to purchase and use a shotgun unsupervised.

Dozens of people died and the city's historic cathedral was toppled in the disaster.

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