Victims rise to 50 in Christchurch mosque attacks, 1 suspect left
Victims rise to 50 in Christchurch mosque attacks, 1 suspect left
Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack
17 March, 2019, 10:22
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said that gun laws will be reformed after the attacks, as legislation allowed the suspect the legally obtain a semi-automatic weapon.
Dramatic cellphone footage from a passerby captured the tense scene of the arrest.
Chief coroner Deborah Marshall said two other coroners and four support staff were working to speed up the identification process, following news that premises had been made available for families to carry out cultural traditions.
Tarrant, 28, who was living in Dunedin but is from Grafton, NSW, has been charged with one count of murder.
At least 49 people have died, seven at Linwood Masjid Mosque and 41 at Masjid Al Noor Mosque. "That obviously leads to an Australian-based investigation and all of our inquiries here will be absolutely shared and communicated with New Zealand authorities".
Ardern, meanwhile, also vowed New Zealand would be changing its gun laws, after it was discovered Tarrant was licensed and had five guns, some modified.
Tamim Iqbal on Saturday said it will be some time before Bangladesh cricketers will be able to get over the awful experience of having witnessed and almost escape a shooting in a Christchurch mosque on Friday.
Tarrant is set to appear before New Zealand's High Court on April 5.
The visiting Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting started but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters.
His son, Hamza, who is about 16, was missing, and his son Zaid, who is about 13, is in Christchurch Hospital where he underwent a six-hour operation, Akil said.
TESSA BURROWS via Getty ImagesResidents pay respect by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch on Saturday.
Aziz said: "He gets into his auto and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window".
She said options and the appropriate timing for national commemorative services were under consideration and would be announced in the days to come.
The AP also reported that Tarrant, who has donated to a number of white nationalist groups but has no other direct affiliation with them, allegedly was given personal approval by Breivik to commit the mosque attacks in Christchurch, though this has yet to be verified.
Expressing India's solidarity with the people of New Zealand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies.
"Any loss of life at the hands of extremists regardless of religion, race or colour should be condemned in the strongest of terms". Three people are in custody over the mass shootings.
"Across all religions, our houses of worship are a source of refuge, of prayer, and of love; to see such a heinous and hate-filled act occur in what should be places of peace is the darkest of evils".
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At the Singapore Airlines check-in counter, players of the Bangladesh cricket team all looked serious and edgy. The players were kept on the bus by police but later allowed to leave and to walk to Hagley Oval.
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They included Asif Shaikh, 44, who said he was among more than 100 people at the Al Noor mosque when the attacker came in. They shared a video message from musicians SOL3MIO, who dedicated a song to " New Zealand , and to family and friends".
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the twin shooting - the worst in her country's history - as a terror attack. He said he was in New Zealand temporarily while he "planned and trained" the attack.
But police and firearms experts have pointed to several loopholes allowing owners to bypass registration of semi-automatics. Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims.
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