New Zealand gun laws to change: Ardern

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand on Friday. Multiple people are in custody after shootings at two mosques there

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand on Friday. Multiple people are in custody after shootings at two mosques there

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

There was a heavy police presence at the hospital where families of the more than 40 wounded had gathered.

These nihilist, clash-of-civilisations narratives - whichever ideologies inform them - leave all nations more vulnerable to extremist violence.

Yet many observers - including people of colour, and immigrant and religious minority communities in the West - needed no official designation of the barbaric event to recognise it as an act of terror.

Police escort people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

Ihsaan Gardee said words matter and they embolden people to commit hateful acts. The response from some Muslim countries went further, blaming politicians and the media for stoking that hatred.

"I am deeply saddened by the terror attack in New Zealand & stand with our Muslim community to condemn this hate-fuelled violence", Mayor John Tory tweeted.

The Muslim Students' Association has also spoken out about the attack on Facebook.

Hundreds of angry protesters in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, chanted "Allahu akbar!"

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Windsor's Muslim community came out in their usual numbers for Friday prayers, shaken this week, however, by the horrific terrorist attack on the other side of the globe earlier in the day but standing steadfast in their resolve to maintain their way of life.

Police said three people were in custody including one man in his late 20s who had been charged with murder. "I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

Owners of firearms in New Zealand are required to have a license but they are not required to register their firearms, unlike in Australia.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the people detained was an Australian-born citizen. She said authorities were working to ensure that bodies could be identified and repatriated quickly to allow for proper Muslim burials.

All mosques across New Zealand have been urged to close their doors for the time being, and in Scotland, police have stepped up patrols around mosques - however, officers insist there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat in this country.

Ardern said the attack by people with "extremist views" was "unprecedented - unlike any that we have experienced before". But in these cases, where they are video-streaming it live, it just adds to the sickness of it.

"When the flames of hatred are fanned, when people are demonized due to their faith, when people's fears are played on rather than addressed, the consequences are deadly, as we have seen so sadly today".

"Islam literally means peace, a religion which promotes peace".

Afternoon prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, were ambushed by gunfire on Friday, leaving at least 49 people dead.

Canadian Muslims were targeted in a terrorist attack in January 2017 when a gunman shot dead six worshippers and injured 19 others at a Quebec City mosque. Heba told the Dubai-based news outlet that she lost five family friends, including a 12-year-old boy, in the attack.

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