50 dead in terror attack at New Zealand mosques

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with members of the Muslim community in the wake of the mass shooting at the two Christchurch mosques

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with members of the Muslim community in the wake of the mass shooting at the two Christchurch mosques

Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Australia, appeared in court on Saturday charged with one count of murder and was remanded until April 5.

The Christchurch attacker could have killed even more people as he was on the move at the time of his arrest, and had more firearms in his auto, New Zealand's PM said, praising police who responded to the call in just 36 minutes.

Mr Morrison said he has been in contact with Ms Ardern, and that Australian agencies are working with New Zealand authorities.

Still, Muslims were advised to stay away from mosques while the nation's security alert remained at the second-highest after the deadliest shooting in modern New Zealand history.

In the video live-streamed by Tarrant, a man inside a mosque appears to say: "Welcome brother", as a gunman approaches. A fourth person who was apprehended but has since been released as he "was a member of the public who was in possession of a firearm, but with the intention of assisting police".

TESSA BURROWS via Getty ImagesResidents pay respect by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch on Saturday. Dozens more were taken to hospital, with about 48 discharged since the shootings.

The tragic attack saw 41 people killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, whilst seven others were killed at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and one person died later at Christchurch Hospital.

Like most developed countries, New Zealand has far stricter gun laws than the United States, where more than 50 shootings involving more than one victim have already taken place this year.

Four New Zealand women hugged each other outside the cordon.

United in grief New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Muslim community representatives
Camera Icon United in grief New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Muslim community

Prior to the shooting, Tarrant had no previous criminal record in either Australia or New Zealand and "was not known to authorities in connection with far-right violence", according to Ardern.

"She came here for the peace.now she is shocked", he said, adding his mother was too afraid to leave her house.

Khokhur, 58, and husband Mehaboobbhai Khokhur, 65, had travelled from India to spend time with their son Imran, their first visit in the eight years since he moved to New Zealand.

Images captured by media outlets during that court appearance are being published blurred or pixellated due to an order from the judge who presided over Tarrant's hearing, The New Zealand Herald reports.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters, saying a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday wrote to his New Zealand counterpart expressing his deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.

She did not offer too much detail, but said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be looked at.

He said the Fijian people stood with their Pacific family in this time of suffering and sadness, and we condemn all forms of hatred and terror.

A host of world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks.

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