49 fall to terror bullets

49 fall to terror bullets

A gunman shot dead 49 people and wounded more than 40 at two New Zealand mosques yesterday, some as they were kneeling at prayer, livestreaming online some of the killings in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called an assault on the nation’s values. The gunman broadcast footage of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch on Facebook, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a “manifesto” in which he denounced immigrants, calling them “invaders”. The video footage widely circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted live online as the attack unfolded, showed him driving to a mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay huddled on the floor, the video showed. It was the worst ever mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest, Ardern said, adding, “This can now only be described as a terrorist attack.” Police said three people were in custody including one man in his late 20s who had been charged with murder. He will appear in court on Saturday. Police have identified none of the suspects. “We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are enclave for extremism,” Ardern said in a national address. “We were chosen for the fact that we are none of these things. It was because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values. “You have chosen us but we utterly reject and condemn you.” Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 49 people had been killed. Health authorities said 48 people were being treated for gunshot wounds, including young children. Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring attacks against Muslims. One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white, blond and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest. The man burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers. “He had a big gun...He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere,” said the man, Ahmad Al Mahmoud. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door. Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, seven at a mosque in the Linwood neighbourhood and one died in hospital, police said. Hospitals said children were among the victims. Bahrain condemns attack Bahrain strongly condemned the mass shootings that targeted two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which resulted in the death and injury of dozens of people. The Foreign Ministry expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured as a result of this heinous act of terrorism that contradicts all religious principles and human values. It affirmed support to New Zealand, in its relentless efforts to combat terrorism and preserve the security and safety of its citizens and residents. It stressed unequivocal stance against terrorism, extremism and violence, calling for concerted international efforts to eradicate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.




The winning formula

The winning formula

With the Formula one spectacle revving hard around the corner, the time has come around for Bahrain to unleash its sparkle to the global audience like a pearl for which it is always known for. The archipelago in the Arabian Gulf, whose

Lawyer ordered to pay BD1,300 fine

Lawyer ordered to pay BD1,300 fine

A Bahraini lawyer was ordered by the Labour Court to pay over BD1,300 to a female Bahraini lawyer for arbitrarily sacking her from work. The incident occurred when the female Bahraini lawyer was working at his office as a trainee for a

Bahrain, Kuwait conclude Taawun4 drill

Bahrain, Kuwait conclude Taawun4 drill

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Boosting energy ties

Boosting energy ties

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Camping popularity on the rise

Camping popularity on the rise

Camping season in the southern governorate recorded a 75 per cent jump in registered users, which according to the Southern Governor also ended safely with 42pc fewer security cases and 25pc fewer accidents. The data was revealed by So


The winning formula

The winning formula

With the Formula one spectacle revving hard around the corner, the time has come around for Bahrain to unleash its sparkle to the global audience like a pearl for which it is always known for. The archipelago in the Arabian Gulf, whose

Lawyer ordered to pay BD1,300 fine

Lawyer ordered to pay BD1,300 fine

A Bahraini lawyer was ordered by the Labour Court to pay over BD1,300 to a female Bahraini lawyer for arbitrarily sacking her from work. The incident occurred when the female Bahraini lawyer was working at his office as a trainee for a

Bahrain, Kuwait conclude Taawun4 drill

Bahrain, Kuwait conclude Taawun4 drill

The Joint Commands Drill (Taawun4) held with the participation of Bahrain and Kuwait concluded yesterday. On behalf of the National Guard Commander General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, the National Guard Staff Director Major-Gen

Boosting energy ties

Boosting energy ties

Bahraini and German experiences when combined would pave the way for attaining great strides in boosting energy efficiency in both countries, said Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza. The minister was holding a

Camping popularity on the rise

Camping popularity on the rise

Camping season in the southern governorate recorded a 75 per cent jump in registered users, which according to the Southern Governor also ended safely with 42pc fewer security cases and 25pc fewer accidents. The data was revealed by So

Gulf Air fastest growing in ME

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