Armed police deployed in West Auckland after report of possible gunshot

Policemen stand guard outside the Linwood Islamic Centre which remains closed despite the reopening of city's Al Noor mosque, in Christchurch on March 23, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 03 April 2019
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Armed police deployed in West Auckland after report of possible gunshot

  • Local media reported schools and preschools in the area were in lockdown

WELLINGTON: New Zealand police deployed specialist armed officers to a suburb in West Auckland on Wednesday morning after responding to reports that a shot may have been fired.
“Police are making enquiries ... The Armed Offenders Squad has been deployed to the area as a precaution,” a police spokesman told Reuters by phone, adding that major roads in the area had been cordoned off.
Local media reported schools and preschools in the area were in lockdown.
The country has had a high security alert in place since March 15 when a gunman attacked two mosques, killing 50.


Gulf Arab youths form volunteer group in Australia

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Gulf Arab youths form volunteer group in Australia

  • Wasel Club is the first Arab volunteer group in the capital city of South Australia Adelaide
  • The club chose to begin with the traditional Gargee’an

ADELAIDE: Young Arabs from various Gulf countries have organized a volunteer group to spread Gulf culture and traditions in Australia.
Wasel Club, the first Arab volunteer group in the capital city of South Australia Adelaide, aims to achieve its mission by enhancing cooperation and teamwork through various cultural, national and social activities.
The club has chosen to begin with the traditional Gargee’an, which takes place in the middle of Ramadan, during which families give different kinds of treats to kids and traditional games are played by the elderly.
“We’d been thinking of a good way to commence our activities. Gargee’an is an activity that involves all ages,” Razan Al-Dossary, the founder of Wasel and a nursing student at South Australia University, told Arab News.
“Gargee’an is an interesting, fun and friendly event that allows people to connect with each other and see interesting aspects of Arab culture and society,” she said.
“All members of the (Wasel) team are students who are thousands of miles away from home. We saw an opportunity for us and other Arabs to experience the way Gargee’an is done back home.”