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New Zealand shooter used 5 guns in mosque massacre

16 March 2019

New Zealand's Police Commissioner Mike Bush said four people - three men and a woman - had been taken into custody.

Goodale said he would be later speaking to his New Zealand counterpart, Minister of Justice Andrew Little, to offer Canada's support and solidarity.

"He used to tell us life was good in New Zealand and its people are good and welcoming". As New Zealand has stood by us so we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and with Muslims in New Zealand, here in the United Kingdom and around the world.

One man, blood strains across his shirt, told AAP he hid under a bench and pretended to stop breathing as the gunman reloaded seven times. Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion. We have families that have moved here for that reason, they could not go to their places of worship. Police have asked all mosques nationally to shut their doors and advised people to refrain from visiting them until further notice.

It has been widely reported that the suspected gunman in the New Zealand massacre took to social media platforms to live stream his attacks.

Muhammad Afzal Mirza, imam of the Bait Ul Islam Mosque, led Friday morning prayers there.

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"Prayers for the survivors and the loved ones of those attacked", he said on Twitter. Some pointed to the fact he did name Coptic Christians and call out anti-Semitism in previous tweets when killers attacked Egyptian churches in 2017 and a synagogue in Pittsburgh last fall. When a school is attacked it hurts.

In Europe, German Chancellor Merkel mourned "with the New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques".

Muslims protest the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 15, 2019. In January, for example, the New York-based Anti-Defamation League said that domestic extremists killed at least 50 people in the U.S. in 2018, up from 37 in 2017, and said, "White supremacists were responsible for the great majority of the killings, which is typically the case". "Condolences from my family and myself to all those affected by this bad tragedy".

He said people in his community are feeling indescribable pain, adding that it is time for lawmakers to legislate against extremism.

There are unconfirmed reports that the shooter was influenced by Alexandre Bissonnette, the Laval University student convicted of killing six people at a mosque in Quebec City in January 2017.

"I'm convinced they are feeling a awful pain". For those of you who are watching at home tonight and questioning how this could have happened here ... "This is not who we are".

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"The world can not continue like this".

The victims of Friday's shooting included immigrants from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia.

But the statement was condemned quickly online for failing to specify that the attack was on Muslims, during prayers at mosques.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Leader of the Opposition Michael Daley were among those in attendance to pay their respect.

Australian Muslims have been warned to be extra vigilant following the massacre.

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