Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

New Zealand terror attack

New Zealand terror attack

Tarrant has been charged with murder over the worst modern-day massacre in New Zealand in which 50 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

Jacinda Ardern also says New Zealand will have new gun laws within 10 days - she says proposed changes will be made public before a Cabinet meeting next week.

"The enquiry into the Christchurch terror attacks has the largest number of detectives and specialists we have ever deployed on an investigation", tweeted the New Zealand police.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder.

"I so wish we didn't need this in places of worship in Australia, whether they be at temples or schools or mosques or churches", said Mr Morrison.

"We believe absolutely there was only one attacker responsible for this", Bush said at a news conference.

Ardern also said that the heightened police presence seen in Christchurch on Monday would continue, adding that the officers were there for reassurance and as a precaution rather than in light of any other immediate threat.

Gun City owner David Tipple said Tarrant bought the weapons and ammunition between December 2017 and March 2018. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to change the country's gun laws.

While acknowledging that "for a short period" the planned amendments might create uncertainty for some gun owners, Ardern said she believes "the vast majority" of New Zealand's gun owners agree that change is needed.

His store has been criticized, in the wake of the shootings, for leaving out a roadside advertising billboard that shows a parent helping children with rifle target practice.

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The New Zealand Police Association has backed the action on the country's gun laws.

Instead of just the five years immediately preceding a licence application, questions about buyers' histories would cover their entire lifetimes.

Police said that a search warrant was executed on Monday morning by the state's Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) at a home in the town of Sandy Beach, near Coffs Harbour, and shortly after another warrant was executed at a home in Lawrence, near Maclean. The New Zealand Herald reported Monday that he had dismissed his appointed lawyer and plans to defend himself.

Police said the family of the suspect was assisting the authorities.

"What did seem apparent to me is he seemed quite clear and lucid, whereas this may seem like very irrational behavior", Mr Peters told the publication.

"I can't put it to words", Ahmed told CBS News.

Relatives of the dead are now anxiously awaiting word on when they can bury their loved ones.

New Zealand, a country of only 5 million people, has an estimated 1.5 million firearms.

The ripples from Friday's horror continued to spread across New Zealand, with the brief shuttering of an airport in Dunedin after a suspicious package sparked a security alert.

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