Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

The death toll climbed to 50 when police found another body at the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 people died after a gunman burst in and opened fire on worshippers with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines, driving to attack a second mosque.

Some of the victims have survived civil wars in their home countries, only to die in one of the quietest countries at the other end of the world.

She added that the nationalities of the victims was not yet confirmed.

The Fijian rugby team also expressed their solidarity with the people of New Zealand after the attacks.

Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque.

"This is an issue that I will look to be discussing directly with Facebook", Ardern said.

Director-General of the Pacific Community (SPC) Colin Tukuitonga also showed his support for New Zealand and those who lost loved ones.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier hit out at the independent senator's comments in a tweet on Friday. A police statement said the boy was arrested but was released without charge pending further enquires.

New Zealand officials said at least one body would be returned on Sunday night, and that all 50 should be back with their families by Wednesday.

Before Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history took place in 1990 in the small town of Aramoana, where a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbour.

The AP also reported that Tarrant, who has donated to a number of white nationalist groups but has no other direct affiliation with them, allegedly was given personal approval by Breivik to commit the mosque attacks in Christchurch, though this has yet to be verified.

Described by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", Tarrant's manifesto made it clear that the gunman posited himself as something different: "just a regular white man".

"It was disturbing", she says. He said he survived by played dead, but was desperate to know what happened to his friends who were there with him. He said his mother, who was at the Linwood mosque with his father and brother, saw two people shot.

"By the time we were advised of that email, the attack had taken place".

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".

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"This is not the New Zealand that has welcomed them and that it is not a reflection of the New Zealand they know, and that sentiment came through very strongly". She said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

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.

Mr Adeeb Sami's trip to New Zealand was supposed to be joyful - a chance for the Dubai-based father to surprise his twin children in time for their birthday.

The alleged shooter appeared in court amid strict security, shackled and wearing all-white prison garb, and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge.

Police Association President Chris Cahill backed tighter gun laws, saying the weapons used in the mosque shootings were banned in Australia after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 in which 35 people were gunned down.

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people. "We are filled with grief over this senseless act of hate".

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