Tag: Mosques

‘So Heartbreaking’: Funerals Begin for New Zealand Attack Victims

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Azaam Afaan did not want to be late. The first funeral since Friday’s terrorist attack was about to begin, and though he had no idea who was being buried, he just knew he needed to participate. Staring through dark sunglasses at the cemetery’s fringe — fighting back tears for a slain […]

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The New Zealand Shooting Victims Spanned Generations and Nationalities

One was a dairy farmer. Another aspired to be a pilot. One was an elder known for helping newcomers. Another was a teenager who called his mother when the shooting started. The 50 people slaughtered by a gunman at two Christchurch mosques last week spanned a range of backgrounds. Here is what we know about […]

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Why Won’t Congress Take Domestic Terrorism Seriously?

Photo: Eric Lesser (Getty Images) Just hours before a deranged white man stormed two New Zealand mosques and killed some 49 people, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) sent his third letter to the FBI and the Justice Department asking for a committee briefing on the “evolving threat of domestic terrorism.” His first two requests had been […]

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The Anatomy of White Terror

Before he allegedly killed 50 Muslims praying at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, reportedly posted a 74-page manifesto titled “The Great Replacement” online. In his tract, Mr. Tarrant wrote that he had only one true inspiration: the Norwegian political terrorist, Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in […]

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New Zealand Attack: Quick Action, Near Miss and Courage in Christchurch

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Abdul Aziz was praying with his four sons in the Linwood Mosque when he heard the gunshots. Rather than run from the noise, he ran toward it, grabbed the first thing he could find — a credit card machine — and flung it at the attacker. The man dropped a shotgun, […]

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New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: ‘There Will Be Changes’ to Gun Laws, Prime Minister Says

• New Zealand grappled with grief and horror on Sunday as the death toll rose to 50 people two days after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The terrorist attack appeared to have been carried out by a white nationalist who posted a racist manifesto online and streamed live […]

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‘God Is Testing Us’: Tears and Outrage at a New Zealand Hospital

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The families drifted from the mosques to the hospital, their emotions battered, their eyes bloodshot. More than a day had passed since the attacks on Friday that killed 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, and many still did not know the fate of loved ones they believed were at prayer […]

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In Australia Town Where Suspect Grew Up, Residents Are Stupefied

GRAFTON, Australia — Grafton is a peaceful and quiet eastern Australian town along the Clarence River, surrounded by farms and filled with families and retirees, a place where people leave their homes unlocked and everyone knows someone. The biggest event is the annual Jacaranda Festival, named for the blossoms of its indigo-flowered trees. The biggest […]

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A Hate-Fueled Massacre Designed for Its Times

The wounded tried to crawl away or lie still, while others ran or crouched behind the dead, but the gunman kept pulling the trigger. He shot fleeing women and girls, and pumped bullet after bullet into piles of motionless men and boys in a house of worship. The man accused of carrying out the worst […]

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New Zealand Mosques Shooting Suspect Called Trump a ‘Symbol of White Supremacy’ and Claimed He Was Just a ‘Regular White Man’ Ensuring a ‘Future for My People’ 

Brenton TarrantScreenshot: YouTube The suspected gunman who killed dozens of worshippers inside two New Zealand mosques is an Australian man who reportedly posted a 74-page manifesto that called Donald Trump as a “symbol of white supremacy” before the shooting . According to Yahoo News, the alleged killer who live-streamed the attack identified himself as Brenton […]

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New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: Attack on Christchurch Mosques Leaves 49 Dead

Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, in a terrorist attack that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.” • Officials said that one man in his late 20s had been charged with murder, and that two explosive devices were […]

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Terror Finally Comes to New Zealand

TE ATATU, New Zealand — We’re Kiwis. We’re that place where Peter Jackson made those endless hobbit movies. We’re five million people spread out on two imaginatively named islands — North Island and South Island. We’re the land of the long white cloud that stretches over the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, over the […]

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Security Increased at American Mosques After New Zealand Attack

Security at mosques around the United States was tightened on Friday as law enforcement officials and political leaders denounced a deadly attack at a New Zealand mosque and tried to assure Muslims that they would be protected while practicing their faith. The New Zealand shooting, which killed at least 49 people and injured dozens of […]

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New Zealand Muslims Await Word From Mosque Attacks: ‘Everybody Knew Each Other’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Muslims across New Zealand — members of a small, closely knit community of about 50,000 — were struggling to learn on Friday whether their loved ones were among the victims of an attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch. “Nobody’s answering their phones,” said Nasreen Hanif, a spokeswoman for […]

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Christchurch Shooting Live Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit

Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, in a terrorist attack that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.” • Officials said that one man in his late 20s had been charged with murder, and that two explosive devices were […]

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New Zealand Mosque Shootings Leave 49 Dead

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A gunman opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, killing 49 people in an afternoon slaughter that in part was broadcast live online after the publication of a white supremacist manifesto. Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, said that in addition to those killed, 20 were seriously […]

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New Zealand Mass Shooting Updates: Multiple Fatalities at 2 Mosques

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the shooting on Friday at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.” • Officials reported fatalities and said that one suspect was in custody. They asked residents of the affected areas to stay in their homes as they sought to rule out the […]

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Active Shooter Reported in Central Christchurch, New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The police said they were dealing with an active shooter Friday in central Christchurch, New Zealand, and the risk remained “extremely high.” The country’s police commissioner, Mike Bush, said all Christchurch schools have been put in lockdown, and residents of the city were urged to stay indoors. The website Stuff reported […]

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