Alleged mosque shooter was armed to kill even more people

17 March, 2019, 07:58 | Author: Rachel Logan
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President Donald Trump, who has a record of Islamophobic rhetoric, online behavior and policies, tweeted out his "warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand.

The courtroom was closed to the public because of the heightened security risk.

He said he was now playing a "waiting game" to hear any news of his mate.

Friends of a missing man Zakaria Bhuiyan hold up photos of him outside a refuge center in Christchurch, Sunday, March 17, 2019. He said the number of injured has also risen to 50.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that the first of the bodies would be released on Sunday afternoon.

Dozens of Muslim supporters gathered at a center set up for victims, families and friends across the road from the hospital, where many had flown in from around New Zealand to offer support.

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

New Zealand police say a 50th victim of the mosque attacks in Christchurch has died.

"What we have to do is determine the cause of death", Bush said. The kind of leader we need here in America. "We must condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the type of extreme and vile hatred that motivated this despicable act of evil", the second statement read.

"We are a Forum family and what affects one, affects all. We want to lay them to rest".

The critically wounded four-year-old child was named as Elin by her uncle Sabri Daraghmeh, who told reporters in a phone call from Jordan on Saturday that she remains "in the danger phase". Her father Waseem, 33, is said to be in a stable condition. This is not something that we expected to see in our environment.

"We do see gunshot wounds. Two do remain critical, and we also have one child being well looked after at hospital in Christchurch".

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year old Australian citizen, accused of killing at least 49 people at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand appeared in a District Court on Saturday. In other online forums, people discussed Muslim food restrictions as they prepared to drop off meals for those affected. "He liked to do marriages - he married me and my wife", said Sulaman Abdul, who fled Somalia as a refugee in 1993 for New Zealand.

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Aziz, originally from Afghanistan, said he picked up one of the gunman's discarded weapons and threatened the man, who drove off.

Tarrant was arrested in a vehicle, which police said was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called. Two men faced charges unrelated or "tangential" to the attack, while a woman had been released, he said.

A fourth person taken into custody has since been released.

Muslim community members have raised concerns that the time taken to remove the bodies from the mosques would comprise the burial process. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face further charges.

Huang Yan, the manager of the Christchurch branch of China's Southern Airlines, told Xinhua the mass shooting would bring negative impact on New Zealand tourism as Christchurch has just been recovered from the aftermath of the 2011 deadly natural disaster.

Police say they will continue guarding mosques around the country until further notice.

Meanwhile, outside the court, major roads in the city center are cordoned off with heavy armed police officers on duty. People across New Zealand were still trying to come to terms with the massacre that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Unlike the USA, the right to own a firearm is not enshrined in New Zealand's constitution.

"This act of terror was brought to our shores and rained down upon us".

Police said the list was compiled to give some certainty to the families of the victims.

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that led 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", she said at a news conference on Saturday.

Church services for victims of the attack were held around the country, including at Christchurch's "Cardboard Cathedral", a temporary structure built after much of the central city was destroyed in a 2011 natural disaster.

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