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Attacks of Mass Violence Are Rare in New Zealand

The country's deadliest peacetime incident since the turn of the 20th Century had been the 1990 Aramoana Massacre

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    Dozens Killed in 'Unprecedented' New Zealand Mosque Shootings

    Shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, left dozens of people dead on Friday. Police say three men and a woman are in custody. Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said, "There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence." (Published Friday, March 15, 2019)

    Until Friday, the worst incident of mass violence in modern New Zealand history killed 13 people, NBC News reported.

    That was before shootings at two mosques in Christchurch left dozens of people dead in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called one of the country's darkest days. They are believed to be the first mass killings at New Zealand houses of worship.

    The country's deadliest peacetime incident since the turn of the 20th Century had been the 1990 Aramoana Massacre, in which a man shot or burned to death 13 people in a tiny coastal settlement. It began when a man confronted a neighbor whose dog had wandered onto his property.

    New Zealand strengthened its gun laws after the incident so that civilians may register firearms after passing background checks and obtaining licenses. But guns may not be carried in public or concealed.