Nine missing after Christchurch mosque attacks

The death toll from the worst attack directed at Muslims in the West in modern times stood Saturday at 49More

The death toll from the worst attack directed at Muslims in the West in modern times stood Saturday at 49More

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the terror attack was "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

At least 49 people were killed at two mosques full of worshipers attending Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand. People hold up signs of support at a vigil in Aotea Square in support of the victims of the Christchurch mosque killings in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said two of those in custody were arrested at a cordon, and that officers were working to establish whether they had had any involvement in the incident.

"As soon as New Zealanders hear that someone was legally able to acquire, as I'm advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun laws, and that is why we will respond swiftly", Ardern said of the situation at her press conference.

Among the gun laws that had to change, Ardern said tighter restrictions were needed on the modification of guns that were undertaken in yesterday's attack.

Police said they were aware of a video shared online and broadcast live during the attack, which apparently showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire.

Ali also brought up Trump proposing a Muslim travel ban and ending the diversity lottery program after the October 2017 terrorist attack in New York City by an Uzbek immigrant.

The police initially said that four people had been detained in the wake of the attacks.

Ardern met the families of victims on Saturday.

Brenton Harris Tarrant, 28, has been charged with one count of murder, according to a court filing.

Police said they were not searching for any other suspects but stressed the investigation remained fluid. Police say that this person was a member of the public armed with a gun with the intention of assisting officers.

"Now is the time for change".

The terror attack suspect, who live-streamed for about 17 minutes his rampage through two mosques here, is an Australian-born citizen and is a resident of Dunedin, situated around 360 km south of Christchurch.

He will be in custody until April 5, according to the High Court in Christchurch. Two mosques were targeted in the attack.

Mr Graystone said he chose to stand outside the Medina Mosque on Friday because he "wanted to make sure that people know we can respond with friendship".

She said that she had already instructed the ODESC (Officials Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination) to report to Cabinet on Monday on Friday's events with a view to strengthening the country's systems on a range of fronts including, but not limited to, firearms, border controls, enhanced information-sharing with Australia, and any practice reinforcement of their watch-list processes. Two lightly armed community police officers brought the atrocity to an end after a terrifying 36 minutes, she said, apparently running the gunman's vehicle to the side of the road.

Among the victims was Atta Elayyan, 33, who served as goalkeeper on New Zealand's national futsal team (futsal is an indoor variant of soccer).

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