New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern comdemned white supremacist ideology after New Zealand’s worst ever terror attack kills 40 at two mosques.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday afternoon Ms Ardern said: ‘It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack.’
She said that New Zealand was targeted because it represents the values of diversity, kindness, compassion.’
We a home for those who share our values and a refuge for those who need it. And those values I can assure you will not and cannot be shaken by this attack,’ she said.
Ms Adern went on to issue ‘the strongest possible condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this.’
‘You may have chosen us, but we are utterly reject and condemn you,’ she said.
Ms Ardern confirmed four people are in custody over the attack – one offender, two associates, and another person not directly connected to the attacks.
Earlier on Friday a fearless police officer was hailed a hero after dramatically pulling the suspected Christchurch mosque shooter from a car during a dramatic roadside arrest.
Footage filmed by a passing motorist shows the gunman’s white station wagon wedged between the gutter and another police car, with its front wheels in the air spinning.