New Zealand pledges reforms as relaxed gun laws scrutinized


Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, stood silently in the Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea. More charges were expected to be brought against him at a later date.

Global media were packed outside the court before the hearing, along with heavily armed police and security staff.

Among the wounded, two were in a critical condition, including a four-year-old child, he said.

The Muslim Community Center, which operates a mosque on the North Side and schools in Morton Grove and Skokie, said in a statement that it planned to hire extra security patrols and advised its members, "Please be vigilant by keeping your eyes and ears open and being aware of your surroundings".

Grieving members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.

The attack, apparently broadcast live for a time on social media, is the deadliest mass killing in New Zealand since 1943.

Naeem Rashid, originally from Abbottabad in Pakistan, and his son, were named as being among the 49 victims killed in the terror attack yesterday.

"It's outrageous" he said. Malaysia said two of its citizens were hospitalized, and the Saudi Embassy in Wellington said two Saudis were wounded.

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Bush urged anyone who had meant to visit a mosque in New Zealand not to go, to "close your doors until you hear from us again".

One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.

"But in doing so, it was an attack on all peace loving peoples, on all innocent peoples".

Imran had dropped off his father, an electrical engineer, at the Al Noor mosque on Friday and was looking for a parking space when the shooting began. "This is your home and you should have been safe here" the caption read.

Revelations that Tarrant had a standard gun license from 2017 despite a history of posting of hate-speech online prompted Ardern to say the nation's gun laws "will change".

I have been in contact this morning with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to express the UK's deepest condolences at the horrifying terrorist attack that took place at two mosques in Christchurch.

"My daughter rang my mum [and] said Dad didn't make it".

Gun control experts told the Guardian such weapons can be easily converted into a military-style semi-automatic rifle using a high-capacity magazine, the sale of which is not regulated in New Zealand.

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In gruesome video footage, which The Post is not publishing, the attacker approaches the entrance to the mosque and raises his weapon.

Thirty-six minutes after the police received the first call, Mr Tarrant was in custody.

"Their intervention may very likely have saved further lives".

Two other armed suspects were taken into custody Friday while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand, a country so peaceful that police officers rarely carry guns. He has been charged with one count of murder. Marie said that both were shot in the attack Friday at Christchurch's Linwood Islamic center. But we utterly reject and condemn you. The invaders, he said, would never be able to "replace" "our people".

The attack has prompted searching questions about whether right-wing extremism has been treated with enough seriousness by Western governments.

Ali Soufan, a former high-ranking Federal Bureau of Investigation counter-terrorism agent, said the threat needs to be treated with the same seriousness as jihadist violence.

Neither Ardern nor police gave a casualty toll.

NZC CEO David White said his organisation endorsed the process and the wishes of the players at such a traumatic time.

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