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New Zealand security services caught napping by terror attack Listen
Forty-nine people were killed on Friday and at least 40 injured, when a group of people apparently led by a self-identified white supremacist extremist, attacked two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand. Worshippers were shot indiscriminately, according to eye witness reports. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incidents as well-planned terrorist attacks. Many of the victims were immigrants. Annemarie Evans asked Professor Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, whether the security services in Australia and New Zealand had been sleeping on the job.
‘Terror attack appears to have been well planned’ Listen
New Zealand's police commissioner, Mike Bush, said on Friday a man had been charged with murder after 49 people were killed in gun attacks at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said it was one of New Zealand's darkest days. The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, expressed shock and outrage. He said one of the people arrested was an Australian-born citizen living in New Zealand. He condemned what he said was an attack by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist. Earlier Annemarie Evans spoke to Chelsea Daniels, a reporter at NewstalkZB, a nationwide New Zealand talk radio network, and asked her what was known about the alleged shooter.
Invitation to US shows concern over SAR’s autonomy: Dennis Kwok Listen
Legal sector lawmaker Dennis Kwok on Friday said a rare move by Washington to invite pan-democrats to the US capital to talk about Hong Kong, shows the US government is highly concerned about what is happening in the SAR. Former chief secretary Anson Chan and IT-sector lawmaker Charles Mok will join Kwok for a trip to the United States next week to meet the National Security Council, local lawmakers, and officials who oversee the US-Hong Kong Policy Act. The act allows America to treat Hong Kong as a separate region from the mainland over trade matters. Kwok told Frances Sit that the invitation ought to ring alarm bells in the SAR.