Published: Mon, March 25, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Jacinda Ardern Announces A Royal Commission Into The Christchurch Terror Attack

Jacinda Ardern Announces A Royal Commission Into The Christchurch Terror Attack

Witherspoon has previously said of all the countries she's visited, New Zealand is her favourite.

Fifty people were killed in the March 15 attack on Christchurch's Masjid al Noor and Linwood Masjid when a lone gunman opened fire during Friday prayers.

The world's tallest building has been lit up with a picture of New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugging a mourning woman following the Christchurch terror attack.

Speaking 10 days after two mosques were targeted in a mass shooting, Ms Ardern said the commission would look at "the events leading up to the attack, rather than the response".

Ardern added the actions of government agencies prior to the massacre would be studied, including whether the country's intelligence community concentrated its resources appropriately.

People take part in the "March for Love" at North Hagley Park after the last week's mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand March 23, 2019.

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Asked about the response from social media platforms, Ardern said it was unacceptable that video from that attack was still available online.

The body of a 26-year-old Pakistani who was among 50 worshippers killed during attacks on mosques in New Zealand has arrived at an airport in the southern port city of Karachi.

Ms Ardern also announced Monday that a long-awaited trip to China will take place next week, but had been shortened in the wake of the Christchurch mosque killings. "We want it to be at the highest level but we also want it to be timely", she said. "We are one", she said in a short speech, followed by two minutes of silence.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism and has participated in numerous tributes and funerals for the victims, has announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles, some of the guns used by the shooter.

Massey University security and defence analyst Rhys Ball, who formerly worked for New Zealand's intelligence service, said the inquiry should include agencies such as customs, police and immigration.

Tarrant is charged with one count of murder but is expected to face more charges.

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