A terrorist attack in two mosques in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday killed 49 people and injured more than 20 people including women and children. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the day as one of the ‘darkest days’ in the country.
Shortly after the incident anti-immigration lawmaker, was struck with an egg by a local Australian, holding his mobile phone across the senator. The video also shows the senator get into a scuffle slapping the teenager twice until few men jump to the scene.
Senator Fraser Annings was speaking to the media in Melbourne on Saturday, when the teen smashed the egg, he has been criticized for blaming Muslim immigration for Newzealand shooting.
Local Australian Crack An Egg On Senator Fraser Annings (Who Pased a Statement that Christchurch incident was reason of Muslim immigration )@javerias @DennisCricket_ @chaudhry_nabeel @FarhanKVirk#Christchurch #ChristchurchTERRORISTattack#NewZealandShooting #Australia pic.twitter.com/BZUckYxM16— Farhan Ali 🇵🇰 (@farhanz24) March 16, 2019
On March 16th, a 28 year old Australian man recognized as Brenton Tarrant, posted a 17 min live footage randomly opened fire at innocent people in the mosque. The incident was posted at the facebook by the attacker, it was removed when New Zealand police flagged it to the social media.
Tarrant has been charged with murder and is expected to appear in a Christchurch court on Saturday morning, the police said. Two other men and one women, who were armed, were also taken into custody as police is trying to find out their involvement. Two improvised explosives devices attached to car were defused, according to police sources. A 87 page manifesto is found by the authorities, it is filled with anti-migrant, anti-muslim ideas and was linked with the gunman's account. The language used in the manifesto is believed to be similar to that used by ISIS al Qaeda. It is essentially a self-interview. A lockdown has been ordered in the country and people are asked to stay in their houses, until further orders. Police officer with semi automatic weapons patrolled an area several hundred meters from the Deans Avenue mosque in little drizzle late Friday.
No official condemnation so far.
If the killer was a #Muslim and the murdered were not Muslims, we would hear thousands of world leaders condemnation.#NewZealandMosqueShooting #NewZealandShooting #Christchurch #Islamophobia pic.twitter.com/Ul0ytlVfGV
— 🇵🇸Mohammed Baroud🇵🇸 (@MohammedBaroud9) March 15, 2019
Few hours after the attack Prime Minister addressed the press.
“We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are an enclave for extremism. We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of those things.” She further said that none of the suspects were on national security watch lists, “so it is not a matter of somebody having slipped under the radar. ”
Forty one people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque, on Deans Avenue near the center of Christchurch while seven died at Linwood Mosque in a nearby suburb. One person died after he was taken to the hospital, other are being treated.
“I immediately tried to take cover, and by that time this guy came into the main door and there was all these people who couldn't stand and pray. They were sitting on the chairs-right there, women and old people and he shot them,” Mazharuddin Syed an eyewitness to the incident said.
A 17 min live footage of the incident was posted at the facebook by the attacker, it was removed when New Zealand police flagged it to the social media. USA President Donald Trump reacted to the incident on twitter.
“My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the mosques, ” he wrote.
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
Former US President Barack obama also expressed his grief about the attack.
“We grieve with you and the Muslim community” , he wrote. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau condemned the terror attack and vowed to work with the country “To the people of New Zealand and to Muslim communities around the world: You are in out hearts and minds. We join in your grief and stand with you at this incredibly difficult time” he said in his statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed “deep shock and sadness” over the death of scores of people in this heinous terrorist attack, while stressing India's strong condemnation of terrorism and of all those who support such acts of violence.
He wrote a letter to PM Jacinda Ardern. Pakistan PM Imran Khan expressed the incident as Islamophobia. After the attack New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced increased police presence at mosques around the city and state. Reportedly an Indian was also injured in the firing. Ahmed Jahangir the victim was shot in the chest and is being currently treated. His brother Khursheed Jahangir, a resident of Hyderabad said that they saw his brother being shooted in the video.
Another 34-year-old Indian-origin man Mohammed Juned is also among the 49 dead, his father-in-law Mohammed Ahmed who stays in Surat in Gujarat, was informed by his daughter on his death.
According to ANI reports nine Indian are missing after the attack. The Bangladesh cricket team -- which had been in Christchurch for a test match against New Zealand that was later cancelled -- all escaped without injury.
A spokesman said the attack happened as some of players got off a team bus and were about to enter the mosque. The peace of the country was disturbed, many of whom were either migrants or even refugees. Mass shooting are rare in New Zealand, which tightened its gun laws to restrict access to semi-automatic rifles in 1992, two years after a mentally ill man shot dead 13 people in the South Island town of Aramoana.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook