Christchurch shooting suspect appears in New Zealand court

Christchurch shooting suspect appears in New Zealand court

Christchurch shooting suspect appears in New Zealand court

Ardern stressed that families that lost a loved one - particularly if they were dependent on the victim - will receive financial support.

"It's just second nature to us now and I'm pleased they came out in force today".

Another victim of the Christchurch mosque attacks tried to wrestle the gunman's weapon off him in a desperate bid to save others, it has emerged. She also says New Zealand will make "weekly compensation" available to victims' dependents on an ongoing basis.

"It's outrageous, the feeling is outrageous", he said. Ardern said some were from Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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.

The attack led to an outpouring of grief and shock that a white-supremacist fanatic could carry out a terrorist attack on such a scale in a country widely regarded as one of the world's most peaceful.

An Afghan man, thought to be in his 60s or 70s, died after he reportedly ran into the line of fire to save fellow worshippers at the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. "Our hearts are breaking for your loss", read one of the notes marked with a string of x-kisses.

A police spokesperson in the Australian state of New South Wales said Tarrant's family have been "assisting and cooperating" with authorities.

On Saturday, the prime minister said the "primary perpetrator" in the shootings was a licensed gun owner and legally acquired the five guns used.

Tarrant is an Australian citizen who had been living in the southern city of Dunedin, about 225 miles from Christchurch, Ardern said.

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She said this would be looked at as the Government moved to change gun laws but there were a "raft of issues" to look at.

The suspect documented his radicalisation and two years of preparations in a lengthy, meandering and conspiracy filled far-right "manifesto".

According to the Independent, the suspects are alleged to have called people attending Friday prayers at a near-by mosque "terrorists'".

Thirty-six minutes after the police received the first call, Mr Tarrant was in custody.

In 2014, police estimated there were up to 1.2 million legal firearms in civilian ownership, or around one for every four members of the public - twice the per capita number of guns in Australia. The other two remain in custody but their role in the shootings remains unclear.

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He said they were praying "to our God of all peoples and of all cultures for peace, tolerance and good will".

Tributes to the victims poured in from around the world.

"He used to tell us life was good in New Zealand and its people are good and welcoming".

Ardern's office said the suspect sent the "manifesto" by email to a generic address for the prime minister, the opposition leader, the speaker of the parliament and around 70 media outlets just minutes before the attack. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow. "But we are so aware of the cultural and religious needs, so we are doing that as quickly and sensitively as possible", Bush said.

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