Suspect in New Zealand mosque killings makes first court appearance

Suspect in New Zealand mosque killings makes first court appearance

Suspect in New Zealand mosque killings makes first court appearance

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.

Police were able to neutralize two devices: an improvised explosive device at one of the mosques and another device found in the suspect's vehicle, which was also rendered safe. Ardern said some of the guns had been modified to make them deadlier.

The shooter reportedly said, "Subscribe to PewDiePie" during the attack.

One of the most shocking aspects of the massacre that unfolded Friday at two mosques in Christchurch is that it happened in New Zealand - a country where low crime rates are a part of its identity and mass shootings are extremely rare.

After Tarrant left the court, the judge said that while "there is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others".

Of the four people police apprehended on Friday, one was released ― an innocent bystander who "was just trying to get their kids home", Bush said.

Tarrant, who was not granted name suppression, smirked to the camera of the media dock and frequently scanned the court room which was closed to the public.

He "travelled sporadically to New Zealand and stayed for varied amount of time", Ardern said, adding that he was not on the watch list in either New Zealand or Australia.

"As a Member of our Pacific community, we stand with you shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart in this hard time coming to grips with what has happened".

The attack has been condemned across the globe, with leaders from Pakistan, Turkey, Britain, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Japan and the European Union sending their condolences and offering support to New Zealand. "There's no place for Islamophobia".

Here's a round up of the reaction around the world. "And I condemn those actions".

Police warned Muslims against going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand, and the national airline cancelled several flights in and out of Christchurch, a city of almost 400,000. "One leg of an injured [person] needed to be amputated while another suffered bullet injuries in his chest", he said. The father in the family was killed, one son was wounded and another was missing, he said, citing information he had received from a friend of the family.

"We are one people in this province". People's lives have been changed forever. "Our thoughts and our prayers are with them".

Ihsaan Gardee said words matter and they embolden people to commit hateful acts.

"People feel that it's just okay to just routinely attack and demonize Muslims simply because of 9/11 or just their own personal hatred, and it manifests into what we saw last night", he said.

Meates said at a news conference at the Christchurch hospital that it's "hard to fathom the enormity of this act of terrorism".

"And to not use dog whistle politics to appeal to fringe groups, individuals who are espousing these horrific and hateful ideologies".

Ardern said that investigators are working to determine whether two others who were taken into custody in relation to the massacre were directly involved.

Three months ago, he said, he started planning to target Christchurch.

"This kind of rhetoric has consequences".

"We we are sending out Pacific music of healing and hope for our Muslim communities in Aotearoa".

Muath said his brother helped establish the mosque a year after arriving in New Zealand, where he teaches engineering at a university and runs a consultancy.

The floral tributes grow on Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque as locals pay tribute to those who were killed March 16 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"I hate to think about it, but really when we were getting away I was fearing for the worst, I mean anything could have happened to us". As is the entire nation, we are all unified in grieving together ...

Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.

Another victim died after being rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds.

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