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Death toll in New Zealand mosque attacks rises to 50

17 March, 2019, 08:03 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her office received a "manifesto" from the gunman suspected of killing 50 people in two Christchurch mosques minutes before Friday's attack.

"The men who were praying with us died, our left side, our right side.so we are feeling very very sad".

He had been living in Dunedin, New Zealand, at the time of the attack, was taken into custody by authorities after he targeting the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Mosque, both located in Christchurch.

Another 50 people were wounded in the shooting sprees, with around 36 still in hospital on Sunday.

One Bangladeshi told SBS News his friend, who had been at one of the mosques when the deadly attacks began, remained unaccounted for.

Australian man Brenton Tarrant faced court on Saturday charged with one count of murder in relation to the attacks.

People gather at a vigil to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 15, 2019. Authorities are considering additional charges for the suspect, including the country's Terrorism Suppression Act.

Police have long anxious that the gaps and loopholes make it easier for the wrong people to obtain and keep firearms.

Of the four people police apprehended on Friday, one was released ― an innocent bystander who "was just trying to get their kids home", Bush said.

Ms Ardern has been fulsome in her praise of police officers and emergency services, as well as defence specialists for defusing improvised explosive devices. "Obviously by some of the recipients, but not at a time prior to the attack", Commissioner Bush said.

Vigil held in Vancouver for New Zealand mosque shooting victims
Vigil held in Vancouver for New Zealand mosque shooting victims

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Pacific Area Presidency also released a statement of support for Muslim communities and all others impacted by the Christchurch shootings.

Two other people were in custody and police said they were seeking to understand whether they were involved in any way.

If you are 16 years old or over you can apply for a firearms licence [sic]. He will appear in court on Monday. "They have prevented further deaths and risked their own lives to do so".

"At this moment, only one person has been charged in relation to these attacks", Bush said. "Because we absolutely feel for the victims of this tragedy". "But we hope to be able to give that advice over the next few days".

Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesman says three more Pakistanis have been identified among those killed in the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand.

His court-appointed lawyer made no application for bail or name suppression.

She said neither the gunmen nor the suspected accomplices were on any terrorist watchlist in New Zealand or Australia. Victims have included people from at least half a dozen countries and young children.

The bodies of the victims had not yet been released to families because investigations were ongoing, but police were working as quickly as they could to do that, Bush said at a media conference in Wellington. But Bush said police are aware of the Muslim faith's requirement for a prompt burial. The kind of leader we need here in America.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after an natural disaster in 2011 killed nearly 200 people.

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