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49 Killed While Attending Prayers At New Zealand Mosques

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:12 am

[guest post by Dana]

Some horrible news out of New Zealand:

At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers in an attack broadcast in horrifying, live video by an immigrant-hating white nationalist wielding at least two rifles.

One man was arrested and charged with murder, and two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role they played.

“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees.

She pronounced it “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

The attack shocked people across the nation of 5 million people, a country that has relatively loose gun laws but is so peaceful even police officers rarely carry firearms.

The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings left a 74-page manifesto that he posted on social media… identifying himself as a 28-year-old Australian and white nationalist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

Using what may have been a helmet camera, he livestreamed to the world in graphic detail his assault on worshippers at Christchurch’s Al Noor Mosque, where at least 41 people were killed. An attack on a second mosque in the city not long after killed several more.

Police did not identify those taken into custody and gave no details except to say that none of them had been on any watch list. They did not immediately say whether the same person was responsible for both shootings.

I’m not the least bit interested in talking about any self-promoting, manipulative and attention-seeking politicians who shamelessly politicized the tragedy right out the gate. Their unseemly behavior speaks for itself. While so many families are in shock and trying to grapple with their loss, my simple prayers go out to them. Because, as it is whenever a terrorist attack takes place, the pain that those left behind must be going through is just unimaginable.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


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