JACINDA ARDERN_ENG

ARDERN VOWS TO CHANGE GUN LAWS

ANM News Desk: New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has vowed to toughen the country’s gun laws after learning that accused behind Christchurch’s mosque massacre had legally acquired the five weapons, including two semi-automatic rifles.

The accused, 28-year old Brenton Tarrant had obtained a gun licence in November 2017.

The Prime minister stated that some of the guns appeared to have been modified to make them more deadly adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

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CHRISTCHURCH TOLL RISES TO 49: POLICE COMMISSIONER

From Our Correspondent, Christchurch: Police commissioner Mike Bush mentioned that the death toll in the shootout has increased to 49 persons. He was addressing the media and Here’s a partial transcript of the Q&A with reporters.

Q: Why were these people not on a security watch list? Were they completely unknown to police?

That’s a very good question. What I want to tell you is that no agency had any information about these people, and I can also tell you that I’ve been in contact with my Australian colleagues – they have no information on them at all either. And they are assisting with our inquiries. But I can also add that part of our investigation will be to look back at every possibility to ensure that we, in law enforcement and security, didn’t miss any opportunities to prevent this horrendous event.

Q: Who carried out the shootings at Deans Avenue mosque? Was it the same person who carried out the shootings at Linwood?

Look, I would love to go into detail, but a person has been charged. For me to now go into details of who did what would not be proper.

Again, I know there is a name within the public domain, but it would be improper for me now to confirm that because a person has been charged.

Q: There was a threat on Facebook – on a Facebook page made towards the Islamic community. Are you aware that, that police had an early warning of this attack?

I’m aware of that suggestion which we’re working through at the moment. When I have absolute clarity about that, I will be sharing that.

 

Here’s a transcript of Bush’s opening statement:

At the Deans Avenue mosque, we now know that 41 people have lost their lives. And at the Linwood mosque, 7 have lost their lives. Of the 40 people who have been treated at Christchurch Hospital, one has now passed. So the total number of people who have died in thishorrendous event are 49.

ARDERN_ENG

MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES WERE TARGET: PM ARDERN

From Our Correspondent, Christchurch: Most of dead in the dastardly terrorist strike at two places of religious worship in Christchurch are migrants and refugees from South East Asian countries like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Police commissioner Mike Bush mentioned that 30 people have died in Al Noor while 10 persons died at Linwood Islamic Centre. Most of the dead are from migrants from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. They had arrived in New Zealand for better opportunities, claimed a survivor who did not wish to be named as his visa has expired long ago and he had overstayed after getting a job at a local place. PM Jacinda Ardern spoke of the attacker’s motivation, saying the victims might include refugees and migrants. “They are us,” she said, before saying the perpetrator “has no place in New Zealand. Initial investigations by New Zealand police indicated that the attackers had targeted the migrants and refugees.

NZ POLICE_ENG

SUSPECT ARMED WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS: POLICE

From Our Correspondent, Christchurch: A heavily armed attacker with automatic weapons and magazines just walked inside the place of religious worship at Al Noor near Hagley Park and Christchurch and had a free run inside facing no resistance. Initial investigations revealed that the armed men dressed in black had parked his car adjacent to the place of religious worship and just walked inside the place brandishing the automatic weapon. He started to shoot from outside the entrance of the place of religious worship and then slowly made his way inside the alleys targeting men, women and children. He fired and changed magazine and fire again, walking along different rooms. He continued his firing spree for a good five minutes before coming out and opening fire on both directions of the road and walked to his car. According to witnesses, he got into the driver’s seat of his car and sped away leaving scores dead and injured inside the place of religious worship.

MOSQUE MASSACRE_ENG

ATLEAST 40 DEAD IN CHRISTCHURCH SHOOTOUT: PM

From Our Correspondent, Christchurch: At least 40 persons have died in the devastating gruesome attack in two places of religious worship in Christchurch in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden confirmed the death toll and dubbed it as the worst terror strike in NZ history. The government has declared a lock down in Christchurch and asked all residents to stay indoors. The entire city is in a state of panic and relatives and children are separated from their families. Police and law enforcing authorities are manning the streets and government has appealed to people to maintain calm.

MICROSOFT AI CLEANER_ENG

AT MICROSOFT AI INAUGURAL EVENT COASTLINE CLEANED BY BOT

ANM News Desk: On Sunday  at Microsoft’s inaugural AI event, Future Now, real-life applications of how AI will help shape New Zealand were brought to life demonstrating that AI is an important driver of new solutions to address some of our biggest societal challenges.