New Zealand Shooting: Man, 28, Appears In Court After Mosque Attacks

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg

At least 49 people were killed during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Answering questions from reporters, Ardern said all options to restrict gun violence would be considered.

On Twitter, Ranstorp noted that the New Zealand shooter claimed he would leave prison after 27 years and likened himself to late South African President Nelson Mandela, saying he would get the Nobel Peace Prize.

Relief groups like the New Zealand Red Cross are already helping the community register missing persons, connect with loved ones, or mark themselves safe. It has no place in New Zealand. "He asked what support the USA could provide".

Magnus Ranstorp, of the Swedish National Defense College, analysed the manifesto and said it had similarities with Norwegian far-right killer Anders Behring Breivik.

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He said the attack happened as some of Bangladesh players disembarked from a team bus and were about to enter the mosque. People in central Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.

The suspect appeared before a closed session at the city's district court on Saturday morning local time, the day after the massacre, which also injured 42, including a four-year-old child.

Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Australia, bragged that he would be released from jail after 27 years - just like Mandela - in a 73-page document he penned.

Ardern described the main suspect as having visited New Zealand "sporadically" during global travels.

That said, the two countries are dramatically different in size, with New Zealand having a population of less than 4.8 million people while the USA has an estimated 327.2 million people, but the gun violence rates are notably different when looked at with comparitive sizes.

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"They were not a resident of Christchurch".

The prime minister said she had asked authorities to review the main suspect's social media output and other evidence for any material "that should have triggered a response" from police. Forty-one people were killed at one mosque, and seven people were killed at the second mosque. One person died later in hospital.

Police have confirmed they are responding to a "critical incident".

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