Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49; 1 man charged

Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49; 1 man charged

Mr Brenton, a suspected white supremacist, was pictured handcuffed in the dock wearing a white prison shirt, and stood in silence without entering a plea. Tarrant did not apply for bail, and per ABC News reports, did not apply to have his name suppressed. He was likely to face further charges, police said.

While there was no reason to believe there were any more suspects, Ardern said the national security threat level was being raised from low to high, the second-highest level. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed. Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.

Hundreds of people gathered in Nathan Phillips Square Friday evening to remember the victims killed in shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

Two other people were being held in custody and police said they were trying to determine how they might be involved.

Commissioner Mike Bush hailed the "absolute bravery" of both police and members of the public "who put themselves in harm's way" to apprehend the suspect.

Two modified semi-automatic weapons - reportedly AR-15s - two shotguns and a lever-action gun were used in Friday's deadly rampage, and photos of the weaponry with distinctive writing on them were posted on social media days before.

"Shocked and strongly condemn the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack on mosques". The alleged gunman obtained a gun license in November 2017.

"I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", she said.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.

Police stand guard at Christchurch Hospital. 39 remain in the hospital, 11 of whom are in the ICU, Ardern said.

Several more people were killed in an attack on the Linwood Masjid mosque, about three miles away from Masjid Al Noor a short time later.

The shooter broke into two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, opening fire on those who were inside.

Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims. The suspect appeared to be a white supremacist motivated by USA -based extremism, having posted a manifesto online declaring his hatred for Muslims and idolizing US extremist movements. None of them had been on any security watch lists prior to the attack, officials said. "It's very grave, it's very serious", he told reporters.

The judge briefed the media before the hearing, saying videos and photographs were only released by approved New Zealand media outlets including TVNZ and RNZ. One man, 18-year-old Daniel Burrough, has been charged with incitement.

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

US President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

"For these people who are victims in these mosques - they are refugees, they are people who are from our migrant communities who've chosen to live in New Zealand, thinking they would find a safe place where they could be free in their religion and their culture". 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. He said he survived by played dead, but was desperate to know what happened to his friends who were there with him.

"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud. "Its intent was to try and provoke others to the same", he said.

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