Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

Flowers left at cordon

Flowers left at cordon

The man facing murder charges was an Australian citizen who had spent a lot of time travelling overseas and spent time only sporadically in New Zealand, Ardern said.

"The offender was in possession of a gun licence".

Ardern said the main suspect was a licensed gun owner who used five weapons during his rampage, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns.

She said the the country's gun laws will be changed and toughened after the attack.

Bulgaria's chief prosecutor said his country launched a probe on Friday into a November 2018 visit by the suspect.

A young boy, aged about 7, was also killed, he said.

Twenty-eight-year-old Brenton Tarrant appeared in the Christchurch District Court this morning over the attack, which is being described as the worst terror attack in New Zealand history.

At least 49 people were killed in Friday's attack.

University of Sydney gun control expert Philip Alpers, the founder of global site gunpolicy.org, said that semi-automatic rifles could be modified "very easily" into military-style semi-automatic rifles using a high-capacity magazine, the sale of which is not restricted in New Zealand.Military-style semi-automatic assault rifles are those with a magazine that holds or appears to hold more than 15 cartridges, for a.22 calibre rifle, or more than seven cartridges for a higher calibre rifle.

The police commissioner warned anybody who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand on Friday to stay put. He wrote that an attack in New Zealand would show that no place on earth was safe and that even a country as far away as New Zealand is subject to mass immigration.

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

"When I first heard of this, I got sick to my stomach and I say, 'Here we go again, '" said Yasalar.

"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.

The court was closed to the public over safety concerns, however a number of people gathered outside ahead of his appearance, including a man who told reporters his father was one of the victims.

The rambling manifesto is filled with confusing and seemingly contradictory assertions about his beliefs.

He said the mosques in Christchurch and Linwood would be the targets, as would a third mosque in the town of Ashburton if he could make it there. He said he has contempt for the wealthiest one percent. "The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not".

Despite this latest tragedy, Wahb said the local Muslim community will do its best to maintain business as usual.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose". Sure. As a policy maker and leader?

He said he helped about five people recover in his home.

If the document is to be believed, the attack had taken two years to plan and the shooter had chose to target Christchurch several months ago. He said he was not a member of any organization, but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.

Through terror attacks that have taken place on United Kingdom soil we know only too well the pain that such horrifying attacks can cause.

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