New Zealand terror attack: Suspect appears in Christchurch court charged with murder

Brenton Tarrant appears in court

PM statement on the New Zealand attack: 15 March 2019

In response to the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the massacre as a "terrorist attack" at a news conference, saying: "These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world".

"There is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others", said the judge, whose name was not reported by the AP. A native of Grafton, a pretty town of 17,000 some miles northeast of Sydney, he was seen to make a white supremacist hand gesture to assembled media. With a grim expression, she said the country seems to have been targeted because of its welcoming and tolerance.

We've seen many politicians come out and they issue blanket statements, they don't refer to Muslims. There will be so many people affected.

"There is more love than hate, so it is important to find the love now", he added.

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".

"Shocked and strongly condemn the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack on mosques". Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said.

Paul Buchanan, a security analyst at the 36th Parallel consultancy, said between 1% and 2% of Christchurch's 340,000 inhabitants were Muslim. An officer stopped him.

"Immediately, all of us who were working knew something really bad was happening, a lot of the guys thought it was a repeat of the big natural disaster from a few years ago, because with all the alarms and sirens going off there was the same sort of terrified atmosphere".

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There were two attacks on Friday in Christchurch - one at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park, and one at the Linwood Masjid Mosque in the suburb of Linwood. The father in the family was killed, one son was wounded and another was missing, he said, citing information he had received from a friend of the family.

Many also say they have been in touch with community leaders to express solidarity and provide reassurance that safety is a top concern in light of the attacks.

Nearby, Akhtar Khokhur leaned on the shoulders of her friend and cried as she held up her cellphone with an image of her husband.

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Mick Willing says Tarrant was only known to police for "minor traffic matters".

"As Canadians, we are acutely aware that this is not the first time Muslims have been targeted while at prayer". The couple was due to fly out Sunday.

One worshiper, Mohan Ibn Ibrahim, said he was inside one of the mosques when the shooting began. They have not heard from him since. We are paying specific attention to Mosques, particularly Friday prayers.

Officers also discovered explosive devices in a vehicle, which were defused.

Mr Bush said two of those in custody were arrested at the scene, and that police were working to establish whether they had had any involvement in the incident.

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The KAP was initially punished for not denouncing Anning's "final solution" speech but eventually expelled him for the comments . According to government data, Muslims make up around 1.1% of New Zealand's population.

Kiwis are struggling to comprehend how someone, allegedly 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, acquired semi-automatic weapons and slaughtered scores of people.

Omar Nabi speaks to the media about losing his father Haji Daoud in the mosque attacks, at the district court in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2019.

The man facing murder charges was an Australian citizen who had spent a lot of time travelling overseas and spent time only sporadically in New Zealand, Ardern said.

It wasn't immediately clear how or if the two people in custody who weren't charged are connected to the terror attack. The country has historically had a low homicide rate. In 2015, it had just eight.

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters on Saturday.

Prior to Friday's attack, the country's deadliest shooting occurred in 1990, when a man killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor.

Several of those killed or wounded in the shooting rampage at two New Zealand mosques on Friday were from the Middle East or South Asia, according to initial reports from several governments.

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