New Zealand's Ardern vows justice for victims of mosque attacks

New Zealand's Ardern vows justice for victims of mosque attacks

The shooter's desire for attention was made clear in a manifesto sent to Ardern's office and others minutes before Friday's massacre and by his livestreamed footage of his attack on the Al Noor mosque. "Maybe he was hurt, maybe something happened to him in his life...but the bottom line is, he is a brother of mine", he later said.

"He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety, and that is why you will never hear me mention his name", Ardern told parliament Tuesday as lawmakers paid tribute to the victims of the massacre. Even the name given to such groups - "Islamic State" - further divides East and West, giving non-Muslims the illusion that these groups are acting under the name of Islam itself, or somehow with the implicit consent of Muslims.

"We are one. They are us, Al salam Alaikum", meaning "Peace be upon you".

The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said authorities hope to release all the bodies by Wednesday, and police have said authorities are working with pathologists and coroners to complete the task as soon as they can. Six of the identified victims have been returned to their families.

While my cousin Atta Elayyan lived in Kuwait and later New Zealand, I was living in Jordan and North America, and we never crossed paths. "That you have great potential in your heart", said Farhid Ahmed, 59. Nine of them are in a critical condition. A 4-year-old girl was transferred to a hospital in Auckland and is in critical condition.

Ardern previously has said her Cabinet had agreed in principle to tighten gun restrictions in New Zealand and those reforms would be announced next week.

"He will face the full force of the law in New Zealand", she said.

He took away New Zealand's innocence, along with 50 precious lives.

Over the weekend, tens of thousands flocked to memorial vigils around New Zealand and a victim support website raised more than NZ$5.5 million ($3.8 million).

A gun club in the northern town of Kaitaia burned down early on Tuesday and police were treating the blaze as suspicious.

Simon Bridges, leader of the opposition National Party, said he wanted to get details of the changes to see if there could be bipartisan support in Parliament.

"I know that this might for a short period create a small degree of uncertainty amongst some gun owners, including those who possess guns for legitimate reasons, and I particularly acknowledge those in our rural communities". "And every single one of us has the power to change that". "I'm willing to look at anything that is going to enhance our safety - that's our position", Bridges told TVNZ. In the document, which was also posted online, Tarrant described himself as "Just a ordinary White man, 28 years old". They are the publisher. "We normally wear black", she said. "There can not be the case of all profit, no responsibility". "This of course doesn't take away the responsibility we too must show as a nation, to confront racism, violence and extremism".

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism said Monday that it added "digital fingerprints" for the visually distinct videos to its list.

NSW and Federal Police said: "The primary aim of the activity is to formally obtain material that may assist New Zealand Police in their ongoing investigation".

Police will be stationed at mosques around the country when they are open for prayers, and nearby when closed, said Ardern. I struggled to hold back my tears as I saw a video of Atta's father speaking from his hospital bed about Islam being a religion of love and the need to love one another.

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