Published: Sun, March 17, 2019

Christchurch mosque massacre toll rises as police update on those arrested

Christchurch mosque massacre toll rises as police update on those arrested

Bush said forensic officers and pathologists had been working around the clock to gather the evidence from the bodies needed.

Police were able to neutralize two devices: an improvised explosive device at one of the mosques and another device found in the suspect's vehicle, which was also rendered safe.

A spokesman from Ardern's office confirmed the document was sent to a generic address not checked by the prime minister herself, as part of a bulk email that also went a number of senior New Zealand political figures and large number of domestic and worldwide media organisations.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the tragedy as a "terrorist attack" and noted numerous victims could be migrants or refugees.

Throughout the hearing, Brenton Tarrant, who had a cut on his upper lip, remained silent and looked at the media persons in the public gallery.

Showing hallmarks of John Howard's leadership after Port Arthur, the Christchurch shootings will be a key chapter in Ms Ardern's political career.

"Our other key priority is making sure that those people so horribly affected by these events get the support and welfare that they need", the New Zealand Police said in a statement.

Tarrant did not have a criminal history and was not on any watchlists in New Zealand or Australia.

Tarrant is 28 and was arraigned Saturday on the first of many expected murder charges.

He said up to 70 people were praying inside Linwood when gunshots were heard.

The hospital also confirmed 39 people are still receiving treatment, with 11 of them in intensive care.

"Hi guys how are you. I am very sorry to miss your calls and text messages.I am really tired.please pray for my son, me and my daughter.I am just posting this video to show you that I am fully ok", said Wasseim Alsati, who was reportedly shot three times.

Christchurch is a city of about 400,000 residents, still recovering from a massive quake in 2011 that killed 187 people.

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Chris said it showed New Zealand's geographical isolation counted for little in a connected world.

On Saturday, Bangladesh players left Christchurch.

The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan.

We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today.

Sabri Daraghmeh said by phone from Jordan on Saturday that the girl, Elin, remains "in the danger phase" and that her father, Waseem - Sabri's brother - is in stable condition.

"I still don't know where he is", she said. While interpretation of Islamic law regarding burials varies, burying a person as soon as possible after death is a fundamental principal of Islam, usually no more than 24 hours later. She said the shooter had five guns, two of them semi-automatic.

Speaking to reporters later, Ardern said the country's gun laws will change in the aftermath of the attack on Christchurch mosques by Brendon Terrant, the Aurtralia-born terrorist behind the carnage.

New Zealand citizens as young as 16, provided they pass a background check to get a firearms license, can possess a long gun.

Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country where levels of gun violence are low.

Watch: PM Ardern's comments on tightening gun laws. Story continues after video. The news organization reported the manager of a gym where Tarrant was employed said he began traveling overseas in 2011.

Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims.

Ardern said she had spoken with Trump, who asked how he could help. Police told her that he is not among the 49 fatalities.

British security sources said there were no apparent United Kingdom links to the attack.


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