New Zealand shooting: 28-year-old Australian man charged with murder

New Zealand shooting: 28-year-old Australian man charged with murder

New Zealand shooting: 28-year-old Australian man charged with murder

At least nine Indian nationals or people of Indian origin are missing since the mosque attacks in Christchurch, in which at least 49 people were killed, the Indian high commissioner in New Zealand has said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the terror attack was "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Reality television star Kim Kardashian applauded New Zealand after the country's leaders announced gun laws would change in wake of Friday's mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead.

"But I guess there are little things that lots of people can do to just express friendship rather than fear with Muslim friends, and neighbours and colleagues - so I just took one little action".

Tarrant, of New South Wales, obtained a gun license in November 2017 and started buying the weapons he used Friday about a month later, Ardern said.

Two other people were in custody and police said they were working to understand their involvement.

Police said they were aware of a video shared online and broadcast live during the attack, which apparently showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire.

Gun control expert Philip Alpers suggested that Ardern's quick response to the attack may indicate that New Zealand will address the availability of military-style semi-automatic rifles as promptly as Australia did after a mass shooting in 1996.

Most guns do not require registration under New Zealand's Arms Act and police do not know "how many legally or illegally owned firearms there are in New Zealand", police said past year.

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In the video live-streamed by Tarrant, a man inside a mosque appears to say: "Welcome brother", as a gunman approaches. Two explosive devices were also found in his vehicle. A fourth person detained in the aftermath of the attack was later determined to be an armed bystander who wanted to help police.

Speaking to media in Wellington earlier, Ardern stressed that "now was the time for change".

Court photos of the man accused in the Christchurch mosque terror attack have been altered not to show his face due to an order from a New Zealand judge.

Tarrant did not request bail and was remanded in custody till his next court appearance on April 5.

Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch. "Now is the time for change", she said.

There are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world.

During the emotional service the woman all held a placard with the words: "Peace will save the world #Solidarity with New Zealand mosque victims".

"We have had patients with injuries to most parts of the body that range from relatively superficial soft tissue injuries to more complex injuries involving the chest, the abdomen, the pelvis, the long bones and the head", Roberson said.

When asked about whether the same person carried both shootings, Bush said officials were not aware of anything that would contradict that suggestion. "It will be hard to get past and I'm not sure how", Hindy said.

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