Sports canceled as traumatized New Zealand mourns shooting victims

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

The London Ambulance Service were also called but the 27-year-old victim was driven directly to an east London hospital by friends.

"You may have chosen us", Ardern said, addressing the suspect.

The winners of New Zealand's first-class domestic cricket competition, Plunket Shield, has been decided with a round left, in the wake of the terrorist attack at a mosque in Christchurch.

Huang Yan, the manager of the Christchurch branch of China's Southern Airlines, told Xinhua the mass shooting would bring negative impact on New Zealand tourism as Christchurch has just been recovered from the aftermath of the 2011 deadly quake.

"This is not the New Zealand they know".

Ardern addressed New Zealanders hours after the attacks-which appears to have been driven by the white nationalist, anti-immigrant, and Islamophobic beliefs of the suspected attacker-to unequivocally call the shooting an act of terror and to say that the suspect had legally obtained the guns he used and had been able to modify them, allowing him to own the weapons without registering them.

Ms Ardern spoke with victims of the sickening terror attack.

"Fijian hearts are breaking for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand - a place where an atrocity of this nature is shocking nearly beyond comprehension".

The suspected perpetrator of the deadly attack on two mosques in New Zealand visited Turkey twice in the past, with an investigation now underway into his contacts in the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Saturday.

"This isn't about cricket", New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said when discussing the cancellations in his sport.

"As Christians we Cook Islanders have come to accept the church as a place of refuge, of safety and of comfort". He told them: "You really need to do more to stop violent extremism being promoted on your platforms".

"Somewhere along the lines, experiences or a group have got a hold of him", she said. "I am praying for peace for the families of those lost and recovery for those injured", it continued. "Report any suspicious activities to security staff or the police and help your fellow brothers and sisters".

Police stand guard at Christchurch Hospital.

"We understand the pain you're feeling at this moment, the loss you are feeling and we are here to ensure this community is respected and embraced and protected", the mayor said.

Bishop of Polynesia - The Most Reverend Fereimi Cama said the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia unequivocally condemned this act of terrorism.

The Pacific Music Awards organisation in New Zealand also expressed its shock and solidarity over the shootings.

New Zealand´s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (C) meets residents at the Hagley College in Christchurch on March 16, 2019.

Meanwhile, the final day of the Auckland secondary schools dance festival Polyfest was cancelled following the attacks.

"He was professional, he was punctual, normal as one person to the next", she said.

NZC CEO David White said his organisation endorsed the process and the wishes of the players at such a traumatic time.



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