Imam of attacked New Zealand mosque says 'we still love this country'

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"We think also of our Cook Islands community in Christchurch and in New Zealand, with so many of our people who have made their homes there".

Leaders, organisations and the media around the world expressed disgust and sorrow at the killing of 49 people in shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday, attacks that many blamed on the demonisation of Muslims by the West.

The terrorist was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned terrorist attack in Christchurch city.

Scheer's office did not respond to an initial query about the statement's not mentioning Muslims but after being asked about the statement from the National Council of Canadian Muslims, his spokesman responded with a link to a new statement on Scheer's Facebook page.

Muath said his brother helped establish the mosque a year after arriving in New Zealand, where he teaches engineering at a university and runs a consultancy. "Whether you're from Palestine, Iraq, Syria - he's been the first person to hold his hand up". One person died at the hospital, The New Zealand Herald reported.

A still image taken from video circulated on social media apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand Mar 15 2019. Social Media Website  Handout via REUTERS TV

Children are believed to be among the dead and wounded.

Daoud Nabi was shot and killed when he apparently threw himself in front of another worshipper at the Al Noor mosque, his son, Omar Nabi, told NBC News. He spoke with CBC Friday morning.

Ms Sofi, a corporate accountant of Brixton, south London, said: 'I am a British Muslim and I wanted to make sure that people come together. "He was the youngest in the family". He said that he would preach against Islamophobia during Friday prayers.

Video footage widely circulated on social media, apparently taken by the gunman, showed him driving to one mosque entering it and shooting at people at random.

The attacks happened during midday prayers. "One leg of an injured needed to be amputated while another suffered bullet injuries in his chest", Rahman Bhuiyan said. Then the gunman opens fire.

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Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan, honorary consul for Bangladesh in Auckland, told the AP that at least three Bangladeshis were among those killed in the attack, and others were wounded. "He is traumatized, but we are all alive".

The Muslim Students' Association has also spoken out about the attack on Facebook.

The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch.

"Our investigations are in their early stages and we will be looking closely to build a picture of any of the individuals involved and all of their activities prior to this horrific event", Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. "This is probably the last thing on our mind living in New Zealand that this will ever happen".

"As a Member of our Pacific community, we stand with you shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart in this hard time coming to grips with what has happened".

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Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison said one of those arrested was an Australian citizen, and described the suspected attacker as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

Ali Akil, an Auckland-based spokesman for the group, told The Post that members of a refugee family from Syria were inside the mosque at the time of the attack. "People who were there for my engagement - dead", Ali told the news outlet.

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