Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

New Zealand terrorist attack suspect grins in court

New Zealand terrorist attack suspect grins in court

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday promised to reform the country's gun laws, a day after at least one gunman attacked worshippers in two mosques, killing 49 and wounding 42 others.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the attacks but just one man, 28-year-old Brandon Tarrant, has been charged with murder.

Flanked by armed police he made an upside-down "okay" signal, a symbol used by white power groups across the globe.

After Tarrant left, the judge said that while "there is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others".

Tarrant was remanded into custody and is expected to appear in court again on April 5.

ASSOCIATED PRESSPolice officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Saturday.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating quake in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people.

"I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11", Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media.

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

Wearing a black scarf over her head, Ardern hugged members of the Muslim community at a Christchurch refugee center on Saturday, saying she would ensure freedom on religion in New Zealand.

Nine people from India or of Indian origin have gone missing, the Indian envoy in New Zealand has said.

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand Saturday

Muslims in Vancouver are reacting with shock and sadness to the New Zealand mosque shootings.

Tarrant's relatives in the Australian town of Grafton, in New South Wales, contacted police after learning of the shooting and were helping with the investigation, authorities said.

The manifesto also included a single reference to US President Donald Trump in which the author asked and answered the question of whether he was a Trump supporter: "As a symbol of renewed white identity and common objective?"

But Yasalar said there is no escaping the horrendous magnitude of the events in Christchurch. "I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

Ontario Premier Doug Ford strongly condemned the horrifying attack, tweeting, "I join people across Ontario and Canada and stand with all legislators at Queen's Park in condemning this hatred and violence against our Muslim brothers and sisters".

However, the weapons were not legal as they were found by police after the attack.

Forty nine people were killed in the Christchurch mosque shootings. Children's screams can be heard in the distance as he returns to his vehicle to get another rifle. That number has grown consistently throughout the years, with New Zealand reporting only 1.3 million such firms in 2016, 1.2 million in 2009 and less than a million in 2005.

After going back outside and shooting a woman there, he got back in his auto where a song can be heard blasting.

"I was really lucky", Nour Travis, who was on the scene at Al Noor told New Zealand radio station NewsTalk ZB. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives away.

Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald he heard about five gunshots and that a Friday prayer-goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.


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