Heartbroken New Zealanders mourn victims lost to Christchurch mass shooting

Heartbroken New Zealanders mourn victims lost to Christchurch mass shooting

Heartbroken New Zealanders mourn victims lost to Christchurch mass shooting

His court-appointed lawyer made no application for bail or name suppression.

Instead, the accused smirked at media persons present and swayed while the charges were read out.

A heavy police presence was seen, as 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant faced a Christchurch district judge Friday.

In the video live-streamed by Tarrant, a man inside a mosque appears to say: "Welcome brother", as a gunman approaches.

A self-proclaimed racist loaded with weapons killed 49 people and wounded dozens other in two mosques in Christchurch.

Outside the court, the son of 71-year-old Afghan victim Daoud Nabi demanded justice for his late father, who believed New Zealand to be a "slice of paradise". It was later notified that one of the detained was later let go.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the tragedy as a "terrorist attack" and noted numerous victims could be migrants or refugees. Five guns were used by the primary perpetrator, including two semi-automatic weapons, and two shotguns, she added.

'I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change, ' Ardern said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also condemned the fatal shootings, saying the attack on people during prayers is "absolutely appalling".

On the sombre streets of Christchurch, Jeremy Mitchell said it was "surreal" such a massacre could happen in New Zealand.

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"We are working to have any footage removed", New Zealand police said.

Another 48 people are reported to have suffered gunshot wounds, with some of them in critical condition. Two victims died later while hospitalized.

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people. Australia honoured the victims by lighting up some of the country's most famous landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House which projected the Silver Fern of New Zealand on its sails.

He said Muslims at a Levenshulme mosque "beamed" when they saw his act. "It will be hard to get past and I'm not sure how", Hindy said.

Two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand, a country so peaceful that police officers rarely carry guns.

Police urged all mosques across New Zealand to stay closed over the weekend for security reasons.

"At just that moment, there was one young guy who usually takes care of the mosque and helps with parking and other stuff, so (the man) saw an opportunity and he pounced over to him and grabbed his gun". He had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.

In a news conference Saturday morning, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tarrant's onslaught was cut short when he was apprehended. Until Friday, the country's worst mass shooting was in 1990, when a lone gunman killed 13 people in the small town of Aramoana.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was wearing a "dupatta", Saturday visited families of Christchurch terror attack victims and her expression of solidarity with Muslims in this hour of grief was well received.

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