Two kin of Christchurch victims die after killings: officials

The police spokesman confirmed that the death toll from the attacks remained at 50. (File/AFP)
Updated 23 March 2019
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Two kin of Christchurch victims die after killings: officials

  • The woman was one of two relatives of shooting victims to die this week
  • “Last night she went to bed and she did not wake up. She passed away,” an Auckland imam said

CHRISTCHURCH: A grief-stricken mother who had traveled to New Zealand after her son was gunned down in the Christchurch mosque massacre passed away overnight, officials said Saturday.
The woman, whose name was not available, was one of two relatives of shooting victims to die this week as the city’s close-knit Muslim community reels from the killings of 50 people by an Australian white supremacist more than a week ago.
Hafiz Junaid, an imam from the city of Auckland in northern New Zealand, told AFP that the mother of one of the victims came from Jordan following the tragedy.
Junaid said the woman was deeply distraught by her son’s loss.
“Last night she went to bed and she did not wake up. She passed away,” Junaid said.
A police spokesman confirmed to AFP that one relative died from “a medical event,” and that another also had died, but offered no further details in either case.
The attack also left dozens wounded, some in critical condition, but the police spokesman confirmed that the death toll from the attacks remained at 50.
The larger of the two mosques attacked by the gunman let in small groups of worshippers for brief visits on Saturday for the first time since the tragedy, shortly after police handed the houses of worship back to the local Muslim community.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder in the attack.


Loud explosion, gunfire rock downtown Kabul

Updated 20 April 2019
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Loud explosion, gunfire rock downtown Kabul

  • Sporadic fires and an explosion were heard near the communication ministry in Kabul

KABUL: A loud explosion and gunfire was heard in central Kabul on Saturday, in a blast Afghan officials said occurred near the communication ministry.
“Around 11:40 am (0710 GMT) an explosion heard near the communication ministry, and sporadic fires have also been heard in the area,” said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.
The communication ministry is located in downtown Kabul, about two kilometers (1.25 miles) from the green zone.