10 mins before attack, New Zealand mosque attacker mailed manifesto to PM

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the shooter, an Australian native, had chosen to strike in New Zealand "because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion".

"We deeply mourn loss of all other innocent lives including people of Indian origin".

Brenton Tarrant, formerly of Grafton, was led into the court barefoot in a prison robe and handcuffs, and was not required to speak during his brief three-minute appearance.

"As of last night, we were able to take all of the victims from both of those scenes and in doing so, we have located a further victim", NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters on Sunday.

In it, he identified himself as Tarrant and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. Afghanistan's embassy in Canberra named Nabi as one of two Afghans killed in the attack.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after an natural disaster in 2011 killed nearly 200 people.

A suspect in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday appeared in court on Saturday and was charged with murder. Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a "manifesto" denouncing immigrants as "invaders" was also posted online via links to related social media accounts.

Police officials said they understand the religious duty of the Islamic faith to bury the deceased as soon as possible and are "working closely with the Chief Coroner to do everything possible to expedite the process".

Labelling the attack as an act of terrorism, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to reform the country's gun laws.

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle.

Police have long anxious that the gaps and loopholes make it easier for the wrong people to obtain and keep firearms.

- AP A woman paying her respects to the victims of the attack at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, Saturday, March 16, 2019, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Officers arrested two others following the attacks and are now working to establish whether they had any involvement in the terror attacks against the Muslim community in New Zealand.

She has been an advocate for stricter and safer gun laws in the United States. Another victim died in hospital. 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.

During a Saturday press conference, Ardern said the gunman had two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns, and a lever-action firearm (five firearms in total). Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.

"When people, of course, hear that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that", Ms Ardern said.

In the video live-streamed by Tarrant, a man inside a mosque appears to say: "Welcome brother", as a gunman approaches.

Hassan said his own family was alive but that some of his friends were looking for their parents.

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