New Zealand Mosque Suspect Appears in Court

New Zealand Mosque Suspect Appears in Court

Tarrant did not apply for bail, and per ABC News reports, did not apply to have his name suppressed.

Tarrant has been charged with one count of murder, but NZ Police say further charges will be laid.

Tarrant has been described as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity.

CNN has not been able to independently confirm any information about the attackers or the alleged video.

Police on Friday stepped up security around mosques across New York State in wake of the mass shootings that killed almost 50 people in New Zealand. He said the Al Noor mosque is the largest in Christchurch, and that the shooting started 15 minutes before Friday prayers, when many people were still in the parking lot or walking toward the mosque.

In the gunman's rambling manifesto, he said he was not a member of any organization but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.

New Zealand's Police Commissioner Mike Bush said four people - three men and a woman - had been taken into custody. Police say that this person was a member of the public armed with a gun with the intention of assisting officers.

Ms Ardern visited a local mosque to reach out to the Muslims communities, and flagged an immediate change to New Zealand's gun laws.

She did not offer too much detail, but said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be looked at. She asserted that New Zealand "will not and can not be shaken" by this attack. Malaysia said two of its citizens were hospitalized, and the Saudi Embassy in Wellington said two Saudis were wounded. Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said.

Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several who were born overseas.

Hours after dozens of people were shot dead at two mosques in Christchurch, witnesses described how a young mosque worker risked his life as he tried to apprehend the gunman.

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He also reached out to the Muslim community in Christchurch and in New Zealand. A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for the attack.

Doctors at Christchurch hospital said they worked through the night in 12 operating theatres to do what they could to save the survivors. "It's very grave, it's very serious", he told reporters.

There are about 1.5 million privately owned firearms in New Zealand, according to the most recent from 2017 data by GunPolicy.org, a global database compiled by the University of Sydney.

Ardern, who flew to Christchurch on Saturday, said she had spoken to Trump, who had asked how he could help.

But updates were slow to come, and many families were still waiting for news of their missing loved ones.

Political across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said "gun laws will change" in the country. The inverse of this phenomenon is, of course, that it gives oxygen to the propaganda machine of radical fringe elements spreading hatred against the West and religious minorities in Muslim countries, thus perpetuating an unending cycle of hate.

One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white, blond and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest.

"He had a big gun".

His brother Abdi managed to flee the carnage while his father pretended he was dead after he was shot and managed to escape, The Age said.

Facebook said, that having been alerted by police, it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced".

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