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Imam of attacked New Zealand mosque says 'we still love this country'

16 March 2019

"The offender was in possession of a gun licence".

The group "Muslims in New Zealand" said it was "overwhelmed" with messages of support in a Tweet.

"I can tell you one thing".

Bulgaria's chief prosecutor said his country launched a probe on Friday into a November 2018 visit by the suspect. Dirie had been worshiping in Christchurch that morning with his five children when the gunman opened fire.

Alsaleh said police arrived about 20 minutes after the shooting began.

As Anwar Alsaleh took cover at Christchurch's Masjid Al Noor mosque, he rang emergency services pleading for help. The Linwood mosque shooting claimed seven lives while a second shooting, at the Al Noor mosque, resulted in 41 dead.

He travelled more frequently in the past two years on what he said were reconnaissance trips to mosques, working out which to target, according to a detailed manifesto he wrote spelling out sickening reasons for the mass Christchurch executions.

"We are horrified and devastated by the tragic attacks against our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand".

Premier Scott Moe expressed his condolences Friday to the affected families and to, "the Muslim community here in the province that we represent, but also across the nation".

Service at a mosque in Gibsonia
Service at a mosque in Gibsonia

Labelling him an "angelic boy who grew into an evil far-right mass killer" British tabloid, the Daily Mirror, released a photo of Tarrant as a young boy and described him as "a likeable and dedicated personal trainer running free athletic programmes for kids".

Benabdallah told reporters Friday in Quebec City those who suffered through the 2017 attack are now reeling again.

The rambling manifesto is filled with confusing and seemingly contradictory assertions about his beliefs. He said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist. He said one was slightly injured.

New Zealand is also generally considered to be welcoming to migrants and refugees.

"Israel mourns the wanton murder of innocent worshippers in Christchurch and condemns the brazen act of terror in New Zealand". Sure. As a policy maker and leader?

The crude and racist motivation, he wrote in the manifesto, came from various sources: a vehicle tour across Western Europe, a murdered Swedish deaf girl, the election of French President Emmanuel Macron, and child exploitation gangs in northern England. One of the women told Xinhua "No matter what cultural backgrounds, races or religions you are from, we are absolutely together". He walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground.

Aupito said festival organisers have contacted schools about the decision. That shooting led to a 1993 amendment to the country's gun laws to regulate the use of military-style semi-automatic firearms.

The attack has had the opposite impact, with condemnation of the bloodshed pouring in from all quarters of the globe, and calls for unity against hatred and violence.

Rivlin wrote that the "murder of people at prayer, in their most holy and sacred place, is a depraved and despicable act". He predicted he would feel no remorse for their deaths. "Through their activities inside and outside the classroom, and through their daily interactions with others on our campuses, U of T students, faculty, staff and alumni demonstrate our profound opposition to Islamophobia and every form of discrimination and racism". It was, in the words of PM Ardern, "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Imam of attacked New Zealand mosque says 'we still love this country'