New Zealand police have defused several improvised explosive devices found attached to vehicles in Christchurch following mass shootings at two mosques that left 49 people dead.
The shooter entered the Masjid Al Noor mosque 10 minutes after prayers began and let off “dozens, if not hundreds of rounds,” witness Ahmad al-Mahmoud told New Zealand outlet Stuff. He described the man as white-skinned, blond, short, and wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest.
A second shooting took place at Linwood Masjid, where a witness says they saw a man leave the mosque wearing camouflage gear and a motorcycle helmet, while unconfirmed reports indicate a bomb was found on nearby Strickland Ave.
A Muslim local reportedly chased the gunmen off from the Linwood mosque, firing two shots at them as they drove off.
Four suspects are currently in custody, including one woman, and public facilities remain on lockdown while police are urging mosques elsewhere in New Zealand to close their doors for the remainder of the day. One of those detained has been confirmed to be an Australian citizen.
PM Ardern has confirmed that none of the suspects were on security watch lists.
“I want to ask anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today, not to go,” commissioner Mike Bush said.
A crisis meeting of national security agencies is underway at the Wellington headquarters of the New Zealand national police.
Officers cleared buildings near the mosques, while Christchurch schools have been placed on lockdown. Another witness said he saw “a man in handcuffs being led away by police.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed 49 people have been killed and over 20 injured.
A text sent by the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand reportedly said 50 people were shot during Friday prayers.
Twenty emergency vehicles are on the scene, and six people have reportedly been taken to the hospital, with two in serious condition.
"It is clear that this is one of New Zealand's darkest days," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a press conference.
Footage has emerged of police ramming a vehicle and arresting a shooter.
One of the shooters, believed to be a 28-year-old Australian man, livestreamed the attack on Facebook, according to local media, and penned a lengthy manifesto characterizing the shooting as a “terrorist attack.”
The attack resulted in the highest death toll from gun violence in the nation’s recent history.
New Zealand’s three largest internet providers, Spark, Vodafone and Vocus, have announced they are blocking customers’ access to three websites located outside the country that are still hosting the livestream of one shooter’s rampage, an unprecedented restrictive measure Spark spokesman Andrew Pirie called “the responsible thing for the industry to do.”
The versions I've read in Spanish seem to start focusing on the one shooter who apparently video-streamed the act via FB, so maybe later they'll say it was just him. But the version that Gawan posted above suggests at least two; one described as wearing a bullet proof vest and the other camouflage gear, seen in the other mosque. The FB shooter at some point of the stream pointed the camera towards him and he's wearing black - not camouflage.I heard this just earlier this afternoon, the article is up on SOTT too. This is just so cowardly and devastating, my heart goes out to all the people that were there and my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. From what I can gather, the suspect has been arrested but was not on any watch list, and yeah you are right Windmill Knight, it doesn’t seem to have the same lone gunman usual BS narrative to it. Not yet anyway, I’m sure the spin doctors aren’t far away though. Not too sure about the gun laws in NZ, but how was he able to procure such an arsenal of weapons? Military connections? Greenbaumed?
Harrowing first-person footage, apparently from a camera worn by a gunman as he attacked the Al Noor Mosque in the center of the city, was streamed on Facebook, a grim development in terrorism that raised questions about the ability of global tech companies to block violent content from spreading around the world.The versions I've read in Spanish seem to start focusing on the one shooter who apparently video-streamed the act via FB,
so maybe later they'll say it was just him. But the version that Gawan posted above suggests at least two; one described as wearing a bullet proof vest and the other camouflage gear, seen in the other mosque. The FB shooter at some point of the stream pointed the camera towards him and he's wearing black - not camouflage.
New Zealand praised for refusing to back Venezuela's interim president Juan Guaidó
[/QUOTE]Winston Peters' refusal to back our allies in supporting Venezuela's interim president has caught the world's attention, with many hailing the decision.
Last week, opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself Venezuela's interim president in an intense acceleration of efforts to force out Nicolás Maduro, who has overseen the country fall into an economic crisis.
While Mr Guaidó quickly gained the support of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and even Australia, New Zealand has chosen not to take a side in the leadership debate, instead remaining neutral.
"It is not New Zealand's practice to make statements of recognition of governments," Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Monday.
"Venezuela needs to decide its future through free and fair elections. This Government expressed concerns about Venezuela's elections in 2018, and these concerns remain."
Mr Peters' statement was picked up by world media, with The Guardian's article on New Zealand's refusal to back Mr Guaidó among its most viewed stories on Tuesday.
"One again (sic), NZ demonstrates it has an independent foreign policy and is not a US puppet. It's a pity Australia hasn't got the confidence to do likewise," wrote another.
But not everyone was in favour of New Zealand's decision.
"It's way past time for New Zealand to follow our allies as well as Latin American democracies in recognising Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela, as well as joining diplomatic and economic efforts to remove the vile Maduro regime."
Mr Peters said last year he was "extremely concerned" about "the continuing erosion of democratic norms and institutions" in Venezuela, following widespread reports of corruption.
He urged the Venezuelan government to "respect democratic norms and institutions" and protect the human rights of its citizens.
Mr Maduro is backed by Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia and Turkey, and he retains the support of Venezuela's military.
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged countries to "pick a side", last week calling on the United Nations to back Mr Guaidó and for free and fair elections as soon as possible.
"Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Mr Maduro and his mayhem," he said.
Mr Pompeo accused Russia and China of "propping up a failed regime in the hopes of recovering billions of dollars in ill-considered investments and assistance made over the years".
Venezuela is oil-rich, but hyperinflation has rendered the country's currency, the bolivar, practically worthless.
Taking to social media, many praised New Zealand for not taking a side.
"I feel like NZ has the most enlightened leadership in the world right now. Good on you guys!" one person said on Twitter.
This reminds me when Bush said almost the same words concerning Irak. This is like a thread."Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Mr Maduro and his mayhem," he said.
Greenbaum or somebody who lost it, I think that from the perspective of the PTB it doesn't really matter, as either way they can still use the incident to push their agenda.Awfully convenient that he left his entire manifesto online, and live streamed the event so he can be pointed to as evidence of evil white men being a danger to society.I'd bet money on him being a greenbaum type.He picked one of the most quiet and peaceful countries on the planet to carry out one of the most public terrorist acts to date.Hell he even played ''meme music'' during the live stream (alt right trolls are a danger to society,haven't you heard?).
Maybe I'm just paranoid and he really is just a nutter blowing his top,but this didn't happen in Germany or France or Italy or England,hell it didn't even happen in Melbourne where the muslim migrants are actually causing problems.Yet this Australian man chose to shoot up a quiet place in Kiwi land. Maybe somebody there wants stricter gun laws and this is New Zealand's Port Arthur? It reminds me of the (fairly recent) school shooting in america that was later used for anti gun rhetoric.
And again,the race/religion angle.He takes legitimate points from people like Mark Collette and Jared Taylor and put them all in a nice,neat little package full of sound bites that the media can run for weeks on end.This creates a mental heuristic where anyone that points out media or societal bias against whites are automatically filed under ''right wing terrorist''.
It's all so evil and so banal.
Yep, definitely an eerie coincidence.Well that's very interesting. The "Christchurch New Zealand" massacre is something that Laura mistakenly talked about in the K&B videos, actually meaning the Port Arthur Massacre.
Now in 2019 we have an actual Christchurch mass shooting.