New Zealand Shooter Planned to Continue Attack When Police Caught Him - PM

Brenton Tarrant appeared in court charged with the murder of 49 people

SUSPECT Brenton Tarrant appeared in court charged with the murder of 49 people

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at least three Turkish citizens were wounded in the attacks in New Zealand and that he has spoken to one of them.

Ardern said the main suspect was a licensed gun owner who used five weapons during his rampage, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns. "This is what is under attack".

Majority of New Zealanders "are very keen to support all of us, to give us full solidarity", says Ibrahim Abdul Halim.

The violent hatred undergirding such mass murders have all been linked to a process of ultra-right radicalisation that Western political and intellectual leaderships have done little to address, and in many cases have, knowingly or inadvertently, mainstreamed by demonising groups and pitting communities against each other.

Mr Morrison also announced the government will censure Queensland senator Fraser Anning over his comments about the mosque shootings. For many, this may not have been the place they were born.

Neighboring Australia also had a long history of gun ownership. "And he should be, frankly, ashamed of himself" he said.

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In the worst ever terror attack in New Zealand, multiple gunmen carried out indiscriminate shootings at two mosques in Christchurch during the Friday prayers, leaving 49 people dead and at least 48 wounded, besides giving a scare to the Bangladesh cricket team which had a narrow escape. "What has happened is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, stood silently in the Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea.

A policeman looks on as locals lay flowers at the Huda Mosque in Dunedin in tribute to those killed and injured in the attacks.

"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ardern told reporters in Christchurch on Saturday. A four-year-old child in a critical condition was flown to the children's Starship hospital in Auckland.

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the gunman meant to continue his attack if he hadn't been stopped. That is their hope. "It will be hard to get past and I'm not sure how", Hindy said.

Ardern said 30 people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, the city's main mosque, and another 10 at a mosque in the suburb of Linwood. He reportedly told the police he was acting in "self defense".

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"We feel that we are living in the safest country in the world".

The country's gun roots run deep, going back centuries to when European explorers first sought to conquer the territory as well as to its thriving hunting, farming and sports shooting culture.

Parker's comments came minutes after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's announced that gun laws would change during her meeting with Islamic Community in Christchurch where she met and mourned with victim families.

Messages of support near the Al Noor mosque. Police said multiple fatalities had occurred at two mosques, but it was unclear how many attackers were involved.

None of those arrested had appeared on a watchlist of New Zealand or Australian security agencies, police have confirmed.

Imran had dropped off his father, an electrical engineer, at the Al Noor mosque on Friday and was looking for a parking space when the shooting began. He will appear in court on Saturday. He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for April 5.

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He did not speak, but was looking around particularly at the media present. She did not specify how the laws will be changed.

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