Ottawa joins together for vigil after Christchurch attack

Ottawa joins together for vigil after Christchurch attack

"This is one of New Zealand's darkest days", said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ardern told reporters in Christchurch.

The suspect is expected to appear in Christchurch District Court on Saturday morning local time, according to New Zealand Police.

Tarrant, 28, was handcuffed and wearing a white prison jumpsuit when he quietly walked into the courtroom. A native of Grafton, a pretty town of 17,000 some miles northeast of Sydney, he was seen to make a white supremacist hand gesture to assembled media.

Authorities implemented extra security measures.

Images captured by media outlets during that court appearance are being published blurred or pixellated due to an order from the judge who presided over Tarrant's hearing, The New Zealand Herald reports.

Facebook, Twitter and Google scrambled to take down the gunman's video, which was widely available on social media for hours after the bloodbath. Police Association President Chris Cahill backed tighter gun laws, saying the weapons used in the mosque shootings were banned in Australia after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 in which 35 people were gunned down.

An Aberdeen man who fled for his life after chaos erupted all around him in the wake of the New Zealand terrorist attack said he fell into a "complete panic" soon after the shooting began.

Numerous victims hailed from around the world.

Ms Ardern said the victims came from across the Muslim world, with Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia among the countries rendering consular assistance.

Two Jordanians were among those killed, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run Petra news service.

"There was a lady screaming "help, help" and he shot her point blank in the face", he said. He was shot in the abdomen and the leg.

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Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said four Pakistanis were wounded, and Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted that five other Pakistani citizens are missing after Friday's attacks.

Two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and lever-action gun were used in the attacks.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change, " Ardern said. One man, 18-year-old Daniel Burrough, has been charged with incitement. And we grieve with the rest of the world.

Cook Islands prime minister Herny Puna said his country's prayers first and foremost were with the victims of the shooting, "their families, friends and loved ones whe are now faced with the irreconcilable loss of their loved ones". The suspect appeared to be a white supremacist motivated by USA -based extremism, having posted a manifesto online declaring his hatred for Muslims and idolizing US extremist movements.

He said a 2-year-old boy was in stable condition, as was a 13-year-old boy.

New Zealand is not at home with such bloodshed.

Earlier, a gunman opened fire on Friday prayers at a mosque in New Zealand killing many worshippers and forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt.

A teary-eyed Ardern said she brought messages of love, support and grief on behalf of all New Zealanders to the crowd gathered at Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resources Centre.

"I was really lucky", Nour Travis, who was on the scene at Al Noor told New Zealand radio station NewsTalk ZB.

He is one of three people arrested in connection with the shooting; and while the other two remain in custody, their role remains unclear. It was not immediately clear if the same person was responsible for both shootings.

"You can not imagine how I feel", he said.

"We are in the midst of a surge of right-wing terrorism that has been metastasising in plain sight while generating only a muted response from domestic counter-terrorism authorities", he said.

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