New Zealand shooting: 28-year-old Australian man charged with murder

New Zealand shooting: 28-year-old Australian man charged with murder

At one point he gazed around at the courtroom, which was packed with media.

The public was barred from the court for reasons of safety, Judge Kellar said.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant has not applied for bail or for the suppression of his name.

Of those killed in the massacre, 41 died at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue in central Christchurch, seven were killed at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and one person died at Christchurch Hospital.

There has been an outpouring of grief from around the world.

A 24-year-old man from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was arrested on Saturday after posting comments online supporting the slaughter, Greater Manchester Police said.

"I would also like to commend - and some of you would have seen, the fearless actions on social media of police staff who responded to this incident", he said.

NZ authorities believe there was only one shooter involved in the attack on the two mosques in Christchurch, the worst shooting in the country's history.

In the aftermath, the country's threat level was raised from low to high, police warned Muslims against going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand, and the national airline cancelled several flights in and out of Christchurch, a city of almost 400,000.

A fourth person who had been taken into custody was later determined to be an armed bystander who wanted to help police.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush also praised the officers who brought the massacre to a halt.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the tragedy as a "terrorist attack" and noted numerous victims could be migrants or refugees.

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Arden has vowed to change the country's gun laws in the wake of the shooting spree that stunned the world.

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

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the country's high commission in New Zealand is in touch with local authorities for more information. A four-year-old child in a critical condition was flown to the children's Starship hospital in Auckland. "All our condolences to the family of Elayyan and the families of the victims who died in the attacks".

A Saudi man, Mohsin Al-Mozaini was among the dead, AlArabiya reported.

It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack.

He says one of those people has been released and the other has been charged with firearms offences.

Aziz said: "He gets into his vehicle and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window". Five other Pakistani citizens were still unaccounted for, he said in a statement posted on social media.

Facebook said it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced" after being alerted by police.

Ardern said Saturday that she had met with relatives of the victims and their "key concern" was to have access to their loved ones' remains for burial. - AP Signs are tied to a wall at the Botanical Gardens Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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