Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Man behind New Zealand terrorist attack appears in court

Man behind New Zealand terrorist attack appears in court

People gather at a memorial to pay tribute to victims of the mosque attacks outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2019.

Tarrant was handcuffed and wearing a white prison jumpsuit when he walked into the courtroom. His court-appointed lawyer made no application for bail or name suppression. Reuters was unable to confirm the footage's authenticity and police urged people not to view or share it.

Ms Ardern called the attack "an act of terror", and officials are still carrying out the identification of the victims. It was still unclear whether any other shooters were involved in the attacks.

Ardern explained the perpetrator was in possession of five firearms, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns.

"As soon as people die we must bury them as soon as possible", Hakim said.

"It's only since he travelled overseas I think that that boy has changed completely [from] the boy we knew". Morrison's New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern confirmed that one of the attackers was Australian.

Ardern said 39 people remained in hospital, of whom 11 were in intensive care.

"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ardern told reporters in Christchurch.

"But I can't say any more than that", said Bush at a Christchurch press conference on Saturday. I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.

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Meanwhile, authorities in both Australia and New Zealand were asked to review why the suspect was not listed on any counter-terrorism watchlist, despite reportedly planning the attack for several years.

Some families and friends of the missing continued to wait for information about their loved ones as night fell on Saturday local time and a tight-knit community of Muslims mourned alongside the country and the world.

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

Gray's speculation was backed up by a rambling, hate-filled, manifesto Tarrant posted to social media ahead of the Christchurch killings.

He said up to 70 people were praying inside Linwood when gunshots were heard.

"He had a big gun". Facebook, Twitter and Google scrambled to take down the video, which was widely available on social media for hours after the bloodbath. Police said an armed man killed 41 people at the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and seven people at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue.

The visiting Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting started but all members were safe, a team coach said.

Elsewhere, more than $6.3 million has now been donated to the victims of the Christchurch massacre via online fundraising pages. Another showed a pair of figures, one in a headscarf, embracing.

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