New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday (March 25) announced a high level, royal commission inquiry, a powerful form of public inquiry, into the events leading up to a March 15 attack on mosques that killed 50 people.
“It is important that no stone is left unturned to get to the bottom of how this act of terrorism occurred and what, if any, opportunities we had to stop it,” Ardern told reporters at Parliament House in the capital, Wellington.
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. “I know that right-wing extremism was always considered a potential problem and was monitored from time to time and investigated,” Ball said. “There may be some failings, may have been things missed, but it’s only fair that you apply that scrutiny to all agencies involved,” he said.
An Australian white supremacist gunman, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, shot down 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in the southern city of Christchurch last Friday (March 14) in a killing spree he broadcast live.
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17 November, 2019