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New Zealand creates armed police units in response to Christchurch mosque attacks

New Zealand creates armed police units in response to Christchurch mosque attacks

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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- New Zealand's national police force announced Friday a pilot program to create "armed response teams" that are designed to minimize public threats -- a response to two mosque attacks in Christchurch last spring. Commissioner Mike Bush said the squads will have "enhanced tactical capabilities" and support regular police units in high-risk conflicts. They will be on 24-hour call for a trial period of six months. New Zealand police officers are not armed while on general duty, but store weapons in their vehicles in case of emergency. Because normal officers must seek permission to use the weapons, the new units offer a quicker response in threatening situations, Bush said. "The [NZP] mission is that New Zealand is the safest country," he added." Following the events of Marc...
US says it will not join Christchurch Call against online terror

US says it will not join Christchurch Call against online terror

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The US has declined to join an international initiative aimed at tackling the spread of terror online.The White House said on Wednesday it supported the Christchurch Call's aims but was "not in a position to join", citing the need for freedom of speech.The comments came as five of the world's biggest tech companies pledged to tackle extremist material.The Christchurch Call was launched in response to a deadly terror attack that was live streamed on Facebook.The March attack launched by a lone gunman on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch left 51 people dead.What is the Christchurch Call? The Christchurch Call is a voluntary commitment by governments and tech companies to improve their efforts to tackle extremist c...
Explosive device, ammunition found on Christchurch property

Explosive device, ammunition found on Christchurch property

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April 30 (UPI) -- A suspected explosive device was found in Christchurch Tuesday, almost two months after a terrorist attack in the New Zealand city claimed some 50 lives. Canterbury District Police Commander Superintendent John Price said a "package containing a suspected explosive device" as well as ammunition were found at a vacant address in the city. The police bomb disposal team arrived at the scene on Newcastle Street and the device was rendered safe, Price said in the statement. A 33-year-old Christchurch man was arrested in connection to the incident. Police were called to the empty lot at about 3:15 p.m. after receiving a report of a suspicious package, Stuff reported. In response, police, the Defense Force, fire and emergency responders all rushed the around near the reported ...
Christchurch attacks: NZ suspect ordered to undergo mental health tests

Christchurch attacks: NZ suspect ordered to undergo mental health tests

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The man accused of killing 50 people in last month's attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zeeland, has been ordered to undergo mental health tests. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, would be seen by experts to determine whether he was fit to stand trial or insane, said high court judge Cameron Mander.Mr Tarrant appeared in the courtroom - packed with relatives of some of his victims - via video link from prison.He faces 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges.Christchurch shootings: How the attacks unfoldedMr Tarrant made no comment during the short hearing. He is being kept in isolation at the Auckland Prison in Paremoremo, considered New Zealand's toughest. Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - World

Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons

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Media playback is unsupported on your device New Zealand will ban all types of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles following the Christchurch attacks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.The announcement comes less than a week after 50 people were killed at two mosques, allegedly by a lone gunman. Ms Ardern said she expected new legislation to be in place by 11 April, saying: "Our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too."All of the dead have now been formally identified, police have confirmed. Australian Brenton Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, has been charged with one murder and was expected to face further charges.However, police said on Thursday that the person he was formally accused of killing had been wrongly declared dead. ...