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New Zealand Gun laws to change: Ardern

March 16, 2019 12:19 pm
Two women embrace at the-peace vigil at Aotea Square in Auckland. [Source: Jason Oxenham]

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern says gun laws will change in the wake of the mosque massacre in Christchurch.

In the most recent update, the Prime Minister is also urging Christchurch residents to stay home where possible and be safe.


Flowers laid near Al Noor mosque. [Source: Kurt Bayer]

She has further advised that they need to monitor the police website and social media for further information and to call police immediately if they see something suspicious.

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The terrorist attack at the two mosques in New Zealand has now claimed more than 40 lives with as many injured and a number in critical condition.

“49 people have been killed, work is underway to confirm their identities as quickly as possible. 41 people died at Deans Avenue mosque, 7 at the Linwood Avenue mosque and one person has since died in hospital.”

Prime Minister Ardern also notes that more than 40 are injured and are being treated at the Christchurch Hospital.
Among those injured, a five year old child has been airlifted to Auckland for further treatment.

The New Zealand Prime Minister also noting that the man now charged with alleged murder in relation to the mosque massacre, Brenton Tarrant was not on any watch list.

“I want to be very clear that our intelligence community and police are focused on the extremism of every kind.
Given global indicators around far-right extremism, our intelligence community has been stepping up their investigations in this area.”

The individual charged with murder had not come to the attention of the intelligence community nor the police for extremism.

The national threat level in New Zealand has been revised from low to high and more police and security personnel has been deployed to Christchurch.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ardern will also travel this hour to Christchurch to assess the situation on the ground first hand.

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