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16 March 2019

The National Council of Canadian Muslims says in a statement that after the attacks in Christchurch and the Quebec City mosque shooting that killed six people during prayers in 2017, Muslims feel vulnerable and unsafe and that it is "essential" that political leaders call the attacks for what they are: Islamophobic terrorism.

NZ Police closed the Christchurch court to the public over security concerns, but media was able to attend.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand had been placed on its highest security threat level.

Ms Ardern praised the police officers and emergency services involved in locking down Christchurch schools and offices, swiftly arresting the suspect, treating victims, and the defence specialists for defusing improvised explosive devices.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said earlier: "There is no guarantee the risk is limited to Canterbury and we need all New Zealanders to be extra vigilant".

He said there will be a heightened police presence at community events on Saturday "for safety and reassurance".

Police on Saturday confirmed 42 were still being treated for injuries, including a five-year-old in critical condition.

"The mere fact. that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that", she said.

Tarrant, who grew up in the New South Wales town of Grafton, had been living in the southern city of Dunedin, about 360km south of Christchurch.

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He received three years of probation and, as part of his plea deal, agreed to attend a 52-week batterer intervention course. According to the report, the incident was against the couple's son and resulted in the young child having a broken arm.

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun license, and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", she vowed.

Notification of a shooting at the second mosque followed, before video emerged of police ramming a vehicle and pulling out the occupant.

Tarrant grew up in Grafton in NSW and stated in a rambling 74-page "manifesto" posted online before the attack he had spent years planning in vengeance for deaths in Europe, before deciding on Christchurch three months ago.

"Personally, I would be surprised if the New Zealand Parliament didn't accept that challenge head-on to strengthen the law".

Worshipper Ahmed Al-Mahmoud told New Zealand television a gunman entered a mosque and began "shooting like everyone in the mosque, like everywhere", prompting worshippers to smash door and window glass in an attempt to flee.

I have spoken this evening to the mayor of Christchurch and I intend to speak this evening to the Imam.

New Zealand police described the footage shot by the gunman - which AFP has verified, but is not distributing - as "extremely distressing" and warned web users that they could be liable for up to 10 years in jail for sharing such "objectionable content".

Leaders across the world, including Queen Elizabeth, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Pope Francis and United States president Donald Trump have sent condolences and condemned the attack.

Social Media Companies Race To Take Down Video Of New Zealand Shootings