Not less than 49 folks have been killed and dozens extra have been injured when a gunman attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The victims of the extremist right-wing terror assault embrace males, ladies and kids. The victims are from world wide, together with some refugees who fled violence to discover a new house in New Zealand.
The 28-year-old gunmnan, a local of Australia, was arrested after the shootings and is dealing with homicide prices. He posted an anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant manifesto espousing hateful white supremacist beliefs on social media previous to the assaults after which live-streamed a part of the taking pictures on Fb. The investigation into the taking pictures is ongoing.
You will discover a full listing of the victims who’ve been recognized thus far, beneath.
The March 15 shootings occurred on the Masjid al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, a metropolis of about 374,000 folks situated on the east coast of New Zealand’s south island.
Among the many lifeless are heroes, who tried to cease the shooter by dashing at him or died shielding different worshippers within the crowded mosques. Daoud Nabi threw himself in entrance of one other worshipper who had been shot to be able to save the opposite particular person’s life, his son says. Nabi died on the scene. Naeem Rashid rushed on the gunman and tried to cease him. His act of bravery was captured on the shooter’s video digital camera. He was shot a number of occasions and was killed. His son, Talha, additionally died within the taking pictures.
Nabi, was 71. One other sufferer, Abdullahi Dirie, was 4. He was on the mosque along with his father and 4 siblings. His members of the family survived, however he died at a hospital, his uncle advised The Washington Publish.
“This can be a time of misery, we’re in disarray, we don’t know why this has occurred,” Asim Mukhtar, secretary common of the Pakistan Affiliation of New Zealand advised The Publish. “That is most likely the very last thing on our thoughts dwelling in New Zealand that it will ever occur.” He stated there have been a minimum of two members of the nation’s Pakistani neighborhood within the mosque. Mukhtar stated the Al Noor mosque is the most important in Christchurch and the taking pictures occurred 15 minutes earlier than prayer started, whereas many individuals have been nonetheless parking or strolling into the constructing. He stated if the taking pictures occurred mid-prayer, the tragic demise toll might have been increased.
“We’re actually not feeling protected in the mean time,” he stated. A few of the victims have been Syrian refugees, a bunch known as Syrian Solidarity New Zealand, advised The Publish. Ali Akil, a spokesman for the group, stated they fled the civil battle of their house nation for “a protected haven, solely to be killed right here.”
Yasmin Ali advised New Zealand’s Information 1 that she misplaced an in depth pal and now fears being focused for sporting a scarf in public. “Household pals that we’ve identified for 19 years — lifeless. Individuals who have been there for my engagement — lifeless,” she advised the information station. “You don’t suppose one thing like this may occur in New Zealand, in Christchurch of all locations with such a small neighborhood, sort and loving.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated the incident is “one in every of New Zealand’s darkest days.” She added, “Many immediately affected by this taking pictures could also be migrants to New Zealand, they could even be refugees right here…They’re us. The one that has perpetuated this violence in opposition to us will not be.”
She added, “As a result of we condone this racism, or as a result of we’re an enclave of extremism, we have been chosen for the actual fact that we’re none of this stuff. I wish to ship a message to these immediately affected…For a lot of this may increasingly haven’t been the place they have been born. For a lot of New Zealand was their alternative, a spot they actively got here to and dedicated themselves to…it was a spot the place many got here to for his or her security. A spot the place it was protected to follow their tradition and faith. We characterize variety and compassion, a house for many who share our values, a refuge for many who want it. And people values won’t and cannot be shaken by this assault. We’re a proud nation of greater than 200 ethnicities and 160 languages.”
Ardern added, “e have been chosen (as a result of) we characterize variety, kindness compassion, a house for many who share our values, refuge for many who want it and people values, I can guarantee you, won’t and can’t be shaken by this assault … we totally condemn and reject you.”
These are the victims who’ve been recognized thus far:
Daoud Nabi, 71, has been hailed as a hero for throwing himself on a wounded worshipper to avoid wasting that particular person from being shot and killed, his son, Omar Nabi, advised reporters. His son described Nabi as “religious and community-minded,” in keeping with NBC Information. Nabi was identified to assist refugees who have been members of their neighborhood, his son stated.
Nabi himself was a refugee, transferring his household from Kabul, Afghanistan, to New Zealand within the 1980s after the invasion of the Soviet Union, in keeping with NBC Information.
Naeem Rashid has been hailed as hero for dashing on the gunman and making an attempt to disarm him throughout the taking pictures at Masjid al Noor. He was shot a number of occasions throughout the battle with the shooter and died. His son, Talha, was additionally killed within the taking pictures. He made his rush on the gunman regardless of his son having been killed in entrance of him.
Based on The Every day Pakistan, Rashid was initially from Abbottabad metropolis of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He labored at a non-public financial institution in Pakistan earlier than transferring to Christchurch.
Talha Naeem was killed on the Masjid al Noor mosque alongside along with his father, Naeem Rashid, in keeping with The Every day Pakistan. He was 21.
Salwa Mirwan Mohamad
Salwa Mirwan Mohamad was recognized in court docket paperwork as one of many victims killed within the taking pictures, The Washington Publish studies. No different details about Mohamad has been made public.
4-year-old Abdullahi Dirie was one of many victims of the assaults, his uncle, Abdulrahman Hashi, advised The Washington Publish. Hashi is a preacher at Dar Al Hijrah Mosque in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
His brother-in-law, Adan Ibrahin Dirie, was wounded within the taking pictures and was hospitalized. Abdullahi was on the mosque along with his father and his 4 siblings. The opposite kids survived the taking pictures and weren’t wounded. The household fled Somalia as refugees within the 1990s and resettled in New Zealand, Hashi advised The Publish.
“You can not think about how I really feel. He was the youngest within the household,” Hashi advised the newspaper. “This can be a drawback of extremism. Some folks suppose the Muslims of their nation are a part of that, however these are harmless folks.”