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Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

17 March 2019

In it, he identified himself as Tarrant and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

Brenton Tarrant, formerly of Grafton, was led into the court barefoot in a prison robe and handcuffs, and was not required to speak during his brief three-minute appearance.

The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow. But the 87-page manifesto posted on social media just before the shooting began was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim screeds and explanations for an attack. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

One man at the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood was hailed for distracting and confronting the shooter, preventing further deaths.

"I never thought it would happen in New Zealand". No images have emerged from there.

In a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump yesterday, Ms Ardern said the best help he could provide in the wake of the Christchurch attack would be sympathy and love for Muslim communities.

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". Flanked by two police officers, he smirked when media persons photographed him during the hearing and was seen making the white power gesture.

An interfaith prayer session outside the Christchurch memorial, following the shooting.

Officers arrested two others following the attacks and are now working to establish whether they had any involvement in the terror attacks against the Muslim community in New Zealand. He had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.

She also sent a message to American politicians given the countless shootings claiming lives in the USA, writing: "America take note!" Children are among the 48 people being treated for gunshot wounds.

Tarrant was one of three people arrested in connection with the shootings.

The Pacific has reacted with sadness and shown solidarity for New Zealand after at least 49 people were killed in shootings at two Christchurch mosques yesterday.

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Her decision to represent women who choose to not wear a hijab shows that currents of protest are alive in the ultra-conservative country.

"Hi guys how are you".

"I'm so proud of what they've done", he said.

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

She said neither the gunmen nor the suspected accomplices were on any terrorist watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.

She repeated the messages she has heard from survivors: "This is not the New Zealand they know". Nabi's family left Kabul, Afghanistan, for New Zealand in the 1970s.

The two-year-old boy was reported to be in stable condition, as was the 13-year-old.

However, because none of the bodies have been returned to the victims' families because of the investigation, many having been unable to bury their dead within the 24 hours customary in Islam.

Brenton Tarrant used two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm in the attack.

New Zealand citizens as young as 16, provided they pass a background check to get a firearms license, can possess a long gun. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.

"The offender was in possession of a gun licence", Ardern said. Story continues after video. Tarrant did not apply to have the judge suppress his name from the media, Australian broadcaster ABC reports.

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle.

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack