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Christchurch attacker meant to continue rampage when arrested: PM Ardern

16 March 2019

He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for April 5.

The main suspect in New Zealand's worst peacetime mass shooting meant to continue the rampage before he was caught by police, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday (March 16). Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

According to the police, 41 people were killed at Al Noor mosque and seven at Linwood mosque while one injured died in a hospital.

Whether in the form of "lone-wolf" or coordinated attacks, in yesterday's shooting we see analogues not only in the terrorism against Muslims in the Quebec and Finsbury Park mosque attacks, but in the terrorism against Jews in Pittsburgh, against African-Americans in Charleston, and even against the concept of multiculturalism itself in the 2011 Norway attacks. No images have emerged from the second mosque.

He was likely to face further charges, police said. "The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ardern told reporters in Christchurch on Saturday.

Ardern also said it was believed the weapons used in the attack had been modified and that loopholes that allow such modifications would be closed in proposed gun reforms to be discussed by cabinet on Monday.

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King Salman described the attack as a "heinous massacre" that "underlines the responsibility of the worldwide community to confront the rhetoric of hatred and terrorism". "There were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them".

"This isn't about cricket", New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said when discussing the cancellations in his sport. Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said.

Grafton residents who knew Tarrant as a resident have told 9News they remember him as a "relatively normal" person who worked at a local gym. "Hi guys how are you".

The suspect, who is an Australian citizen, was living in the southern city of Dunedin, about 225 miles from Christchurch, at the time of the attack, Ardern said.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. In fact, right now, I'm sure New Zealand would like me to share a message on their behalf too.

Ms Ardern said the victims came from across the Muslim world, with Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia among the countries rendering consular assistance. Nabi's family left Kabul, Afghanistan, for New Zealand in the 1970s. "I say to them again stay strong".

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Four New Zealand women hugged each other outside the cordon.

Two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and lever-action gun were used in the attacks. "I will keep watch while you pray".

The manifesto was sent to several public figures in New Zealand, including Ardern.

Authorities across the country are also deploying extra police with the threat level raised to "probable". The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons.

While Ivanka attempted to show solidarity with those who follow Islam, labelled the shooter "evil", and looked at the killings from a more personal angle with consideration for loved ones affected, her father appeared to take a step back in his exclamation.

Pacific Islands Forum Chair and president of Nauru Baron Waqa expressed his "deepest condolences" to the people and government of New Zealand on what he called a sad day for Christchurch and a sad day for the region. "I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11", Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media. "1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror".

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Christchurch attacker meant to continue rampage when arrested: PM Ardern