Alleged mosque shooter was armed to kill even more people


A 28-year-old Australian man charged with murder appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Saturday morning following Friday's terror attacks on two mosques in the city.

Wearing handcuffs and a white prison shirt, the Australia-born former fitness instructor and self-professed fascist sat impassively as the judge read the charge against him. Police said more charges would follow.

The killing spree was apparently live streamed on Facebook for 17 minutes by the gunman who also posted a 74-page manifesto on social media. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

Khokhur and husband Mehaboobbhai Khokhur had travelled from India to spend time with Imran, who dropped off his father at the Al Noor mosque on Friday and was looking for a parking space when the shooting began.

Naeem migrated to New Zealand with his family in 2009 and was a teacher.

"He always seemed to embody the philosophies of the fitness industry which is that we are inclusive and we accept all shapes of sizes and all fitness abilities and we are here to help and improve and help people", she said. No images have emerged from there.

Tarrant was not known to the authorities, Bush said, and had no previous convictions.

But in just 36 minutes on Friday afternoon, 49 Muslims were shot dead at two Christchurch mosques, leaving more dead than there were murders in all of past year.

This handout picture released by the office of New Zealand Prime Minister shows New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meeting with the representatives of the refugee centre during a visit to the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch on March 16, 2019.

A spokesman said the email did not describe the specific incident and that there was "nothing in the content or timing that would have been able to prevent the attack".

Showing hallmarks of John Howard's leadership after Port Arthur, the Christchurch shootings will be a key chapter in Ms Ardern's political career.

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

Tarrant did not have a criminal history and was not on any watchlists in New Zealand or Australia. Children are among the 48 people being treated for gunshot wounds. An eighth victim died at the hospital.

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"Many of the people require multiple trips to the theatre to deal with the complex series of injuries they have", said Christchurch Hospital's Chief of Surgery Greg Robertson.

"Hi guys how are you".

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after an quake in 2011 killed nearly 200 people.

A few hundred demonstrators have protested the New Zealand mosque shootings outside Istanbul's Hagia Sophia - a Byzantine-era cathedral that was turned into a mosque and now serves as a museum. Ardern said some were from Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Alsati reportedly moved to New Zealand from Jordan in 2014. Nabi's family left Kabul, Afghanistan, for New Zealand in the 1970s.

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

The youngest person missing and feared dead is three years old, Greenhill tells NPR's Weekend Edition.

"I still don't know where he is", she said.

"I can tell you right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said. She said the shooter had five guns, two of them semi-automatic.

When asked what he thought of the prime minister suggesting there should be a change in New Zealand's gun laws, the police commissioner said he was "happy to hear" that. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.

Aziz said: "He gets into his vehicle and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window". Story continues after video.

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle. All the weapons were legally obtained.

The Pacific Islands Association of non-governmental Organisations (PIANGO) also expressed its "heartfelt grief and sorrow" over the attacks. She was shot in the face, the abdomen and the leg. Al-Daraghmeh told the station that his brother was also wounded and remained in stable condition.