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Death toll rises to 50 in terrorist attack at New Zealand mosques

09:28 AM | 15 Mar, 2019
Death toll rises to 50 in terrorist attack at New Zealand mosques
CHRISTCHURCH – The staggering death toll from the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques has climbed to 50, New Zealand police confirmed Sunday.

The body of the 50th victim was discovered at the Al Noor mosque, where most victims were killed, when officials were removing the victims' bodies on Saturday, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said, told reporters on Sunday.

The victims' names were not made public. While a preliminary list of the victims has been shared with families, Bush said their bodies have not yet been released.

The number of wounded also increased to 50, he said. Of those, 34 remain hospitalized in the Christchurch Hospital and 12 are in critical condition, Greg Robertson, the hospital's chief of surgery, said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had described one gunman, who had Australian citizenship, as an "extremist, right-wing" terrorist.




What we know


  • On Friday, a gunman walked into a mosque on Deans Ave, Christchurch carrying a semi-automatic weapon and opened fire

  • Brenton Tarrant, the Australian born shooter, live streamed the attack

  • A second shooting occurred at a mosque in Linwood.

  • One gunman is believed to be responsible for both shootings, police say

  • The alleged shooter was arrested in a car, which had two bombs in it, 36 minutes after police were first called

  • 49 people have died - 41 at the Central Mosque, 7 at Linwood Mosque, 1 in Christchurch Hospital

  • 36 people remain in hospital, 11 of which are in ICU

  • The 28-year-old terrorist has been charged with murder after the shooting and is being held in custody until April

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls the terrorist attacks "NZ's darkest day," vows to change NZ's gun laws








"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," Ms Morrison said, adding that it marked "one of New Zealand´s darkest days".

"From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned," she said.

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A man in his late twenties was charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning, police confirmed.

Two other men and one woman were detained nearby and firearms seized, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

He said police had determined that one of the people detained was not involved in the incident, and officers were working to understand if the other two were connected.

The shooting was the deadliest in the country's history.



Police also recovered suspected IEDs found attached to the attackers´ vehicles which were made safe by the military.

https://twitter.com/nzpolice/status/1106487329760280576

According to the former president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, Mohammed Jama, the terrorist attack took place around 01:40 pm local time on Friday, when a gunman entered a mosque in Christchurch and opened fire, he said adding that around 300 people were inside the building praying.



The police have advised the local residents to stay indoors, while local schools, main highways and public buildings have reportedly been placed on lockdown.

One gunman live-streamed footage of his rampage to Facebook, filmed with a head-mounted camera. The footage showed him firing indiscriminately at men, women and children from close range inside the Al-Noor mosque.

Police called on the public not to share the "extremely distressing" footage online. Facebook said it had removed the gunman's Facebook and Instagram accounts and was working to remove any copies of the footage.



New Zealand's charitable healthcare organization St John said 20 of its ambulance cars and operational vehicles had been working on the scene of a firearms incident.

"We have approximately 20 emergency ambulances and operational vehicles at the scene providing support and will continue to update you as information comes to hand," the charity said in a statement.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's police urged mosques across the country to shut their doors and warned the public to stay indoors in the wake of the terror incidents at two mosques in the city.

"We are still working to resolve this incident and we continue to urge Christchurch residents to stay inside. We ask all mosques nationally to shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice," the police wrote on Twitter.

The Bangladesh cricket team is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday. The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers and escaped the terror attack luckily.

Bangladeshi cricketer Tamim Iqbal Khan said on Twitter: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!!!"

https://twitter.com/TamimOfficial28/status/1106374964779708416

Many Muslims are of the view that negative media portrayal of the faith and misconceptions about Islam and support to racism created by the media led to such attacks.

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Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
 
76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
 
1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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