Christchurch attacker meant to continue rampage when arrested: PM Ardern

Brenton Tarrant appears in court

Brenton Tarrant appears in court

Dressed in a white prison tunic, handcuffed and flanked by two police officers, Tarrant stood passively in the dock. Tarrant did not apply for bail, and per ABC News reports, did not apply to have his name suppressed. He is due back in court on April 5 and police said he was likely to face further charges.

Of those killed in the worst peacetime mass shooting in New Zealand, 41 died at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue.

Tarrant has been identified as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity.

The video footage showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said there could be more suspects involved in this attack.

In the gunman's rambling manifesto, he said he was not a member of any organization but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.

Meanwhile, outside the court, major roads in the city center are cordoned off with heavy armed police officers on duty.

She said Tarrant, who has been arrested and charged with murder and committing a terrorist act, had allegedly used five firearms, including two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm.

Ms Ardern visited a local mosque to reach out to the Muslims communities, and flagged an immediate change to New Zealand's gun laws. This, according to her, allowed the Australian terrorist to legally obtain the weapons in December 2017, and that he was not on any watch-lists prior to the attacks. 39 remain in the hospital, 11 of whom are in the ICU, Ardern said. Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several of whom were born overseas.

A dozen people are still critical and at least one child is among the dead as New Zealand remains in shock and grief after twin shootings at mosques.




Members of a family react outside the mosque following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday.

"The alt-right in this country has been invigorated over the last few years and part of that has to do with the fact they weren't under the scrutiny of the security services that the Muslim community was".

Doctors at Christchurch hospital said they worked through the night in 12 operating theatres to treat the survivors.

"Syed Moazzam Shah, Minister Political, Pakistan High Commission in New Zealand, Cell +64 21 779 495 is our focal point". One man, 18-year-old Daniel Burrough, has been charged with incitement.

But updates were slow to come, and many families were still waiting for news of their missing loved ones.

Pacific Islands Forum Chair and president of Nauru Baron Waqa expressed his "deepest condolences" to the people and government of New Zealand on what he called a sad day for Christchurch and a sad day for the region.

In a letter to the prime minister of New Zealand, Modi also stressed India's strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and of all those who support such acts of violence. The inverse of this phenomenon is, of course, that it gives oxygen to the propaganda machine of radical fringe elements spreading hatred against the West and religious minorities in Muslim countries, thus perpetuating an unending cycle of hate.

Nabi is survived by four sons, one daughter and nine grandchildren who he loved "immensely", said Omar.

"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud. Foreign Ministry spokesman Sufian Qudah had earlier said that a Jordanian man was killed and eight others were wounded.

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