Suspect in New Zealand mosque shooting appears in court

Flowers left at cordon

The 28-year-old Australian national, Brenton Tarrant, was charged with murder and remanded without plea until another court appearance on April 5. His hands were handcuffed and he was wearing prison clothes.

The Christchurch suspect's manifesto also used various hate symbols associated with the Nazis and white supremacy.

A noisy generator raring from a construction site next to the Christchurch Justice Precinct was a stark and irritating reminder of those tragic events, as media and members of the public gathered awaiting Tarrant's court appearance.

An imam who was leading prayers at a Christchurch mosque when a gunman brandishing semi-automatic weapons mowed down his congregation said on Saturday (March 16) that the Muslim community's love for New Zealand would not be shaken by the massacre.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the shooting a "terrorist attack" and one of the country's darkest days.

"We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are an enclave for extremism", Ardern said during a news conference in Wellington.

Mr Wakefield, who was born in New Zealand, said his birth country missed an opportunity when it failed to follow Australia's example on gun reform following the Port Arthur massacre.

New Zealand law enforcement is working with Australian intelligence and police in the "wide-reaching" investigation, the commissioner said.

Sahra Ahmed, a New Zealander of Somali origin, said she was touched by the PM's gesture.

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand Saturday
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"The regulation of guns in New Zealand is categorised as restrictive", say the authors of the database.

"It brings actually a feeling of fear that we hope we can actually overcome and try to avoid by spreading more awareness, by educating our community and the larger community that these things shouldn't be an obstacle in front of us to enjoy the freedom of religion", said Wahb.

President Donald Trump, who has a record of Islamophobic rhetoric, online behavior and policies, tweeted out his "warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand. Gunmen opened fire in two separate mosques in Christchurch on Friday, killing 49 people and wounding 48 others. Officials have not yet confirmed the identity of the man charged, or that Tarrant is the man who appears in a video that was livestreamed on Facebook depicting the attack from the vantage point of the gunman.

He escaped out the back door and climbed over a wall when he saw people fleeing and realised what was happening. On Saturday morning, dozens of people stood silently, facing the building as police went about their work.

Children's screams can be heard in the distance as he returns to his vehicle to get another weapon.

The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside. After walking back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his auto, where the song "Fire" by English rock band "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" can be heard blasting from the speakers.

New Zealand is generally considered to be welcoming to migrants and refugees.

His manifesto was a welter of often politically contradictory views, touching on numerous most combustible issues of the day, among them the Second Amendment right to own guns, Muslim immigration, terrorist attacks and the wealthiest 1 per cent.

In 2017, 43, 509 people applied for firearms licences, with 43,321 having one issued. He also apparently smirked at photographers, according to the New Zealand Herald.

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