New Zealand terror attack: Suspect appears in Christchurch court charged with murder

New Zealand terror attack: Suspect appears in Christchurch court charged with murder

Naeem Rashid, originally from Abbottabad in Pakistan, and his son, were named as being among the 49 victims killed in the terror attack yesterday.

One person has been arrested and charged with murder.

The hand gesture is a symbol used by white supremacists and far-right internet trolls. Reuters was unable to confirm the footage's authenticity and police urged people not to view or share it. One man tries to greet him calmly, calling out "Hello, brother".

Five guns were used by the primary perpetrator, including two semi-automatic weapons, and two shotguns, she added.

He thanked the neighbours of the mosque for their support and said "New Zealand people are nice". "In New Zealand, only licensed gun owners may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition".

Ms Ardern, who arrived in Christchurch Saturday, said the shooter was not on any watchlist and did not have a criminal record. All appointments were canceled at Christchurch Hospital, where every available resource was turned over to surgery for the wounded. Thirty six people were still being treated on Saturday, of which 11 remained in intensive care.

Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several who were born overseas. "More importantly it was also about standing in solidarity in a small way to offer their love and support to the people of Christchurch".

This frame from video that was livestreamed Friday, March 15, 2019, shows a gunman, who used the name Brenton Tarrant on social media, in a auto before the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims. She asserted that New Zealand will not and can not be shaken by this attack.

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"If that hadn't happened, many more would have died and I wouldn't be here now", he said.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO David White said, "This isn't about cricket; it's about something much bigger and much more important than that. They're putting up all these messages about how the Muslim community is a part of us", she said.

After the Christchurch attacks, Mustafa Farouk, president of the Islamic Associations of New Zealand, said that the community had always felt safe in the South Pacific nation. There are no gunmakers in the country and very few gun dealers, except for a few gunsmiths who make specialized, one-offs for enthusiasts.

"He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said Ahmad Al-Mahmoud. Police have disabled one and are in the process of disabling the other, he said.

Facebook said, that having been alerted by police, it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced".

"We must get back to work once again to explain, to tell these extremists of all stripes who politicize religion, like extremists who use race as a basis for discrimination, that we must change", Benabdallah said.

Ms Ardern said she would be reviewing events leading up to the attack to see how the suspect went unnoticed by authorities.

Bush said 41 people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque near Hagley Park in the city's center; seven were killed at a mosque in Linwood, a few miles away.

Among the wounded, two were in a critical condition, including a four-year-old child, he said.

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