Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Children, Foreigners Among Those Killed In Attacks On Christchurch Mosques

Children, Foreigners Among Those Killed In Attacks On Christchurch Mosques

During the Saturday morning hearing, a man who was not in court was charged with using writings to incite hatred against a race or ethnicity, but it was not clear if his case was related to the mosque attacks. He live-streamed footage of him going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting people from close range as they struggled to crawl away.

Tarrant was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5.

"As soon as New Zealanders hear that someone was legally able to acquire, as I'm advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun laws, and that is why we will respond swiftly", Ardern said.

Outside one of the two mosques, 32-year-old Ash Mohammed pushed through police barricades in hopes of finding out what happened to his father and two brothers, whose cellphones rang unanswered.

At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques during midday prayers on Friday and dozens more were wounded, some critically.

Ahmed Khan fled violence in his native Afghanistan to live in one of the world's safest countries - New Zealand, where he was witness to unimaginable horror inside a Christchurch mosque. "This is not the New Zealand we know". In a 74-page manifesto the attacker posted online, he described himself as a white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. He added the gunman didn't say in the email that "this is what I am about to do" so "there was no opportunity to stop it".

Like most developed countries, New Zealand has far stricter gun laws than the United States, where more than 50 shootings involving more than one victim have already taken place this year.

The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle. Flanked by two police officers, he smirked when media persons photographed him during the hearing and was seen making the white power gesture, New Zealand Herald reported.

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Ardern said she had asked authorities to look into whether there was any activity on social media or elsewhere ahead of the attack that should have triggered a response.

People gather at a vigil to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 15, 2019.

The Super Rugby clash in Dunedin between the Otago Highlanders and Canterbury Crusaders, who are based in Christchurch, was called off on Saturday out of respect for the victims and their families.

A Jordanian man says his 4-year-old niece is fighting for her life after being wounded in the New Zealand mosque shootings.

They are all Australian citizens, but not in any watch list of New Zealand or Australia.

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the awful massacre in the Mosques", he tweeted. The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons.

Speaking to reporters later, Ardern said the country's gun laws will change in the aftermath of the attack on Christchurch mosques by Brendon Terrant, the Aurtralia-born terrorist behind the carnage. "Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives".

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