New Zealand PM Vows to Change Gun Legislation After Christchurch Mosque Massacre

Brenton Tarrant

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Speaking in Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the gunman as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ardern told reporters in Christchurch on Saturday. "This is what is under attack".

"Call this hatred out".

Tarrant was arrested in a auto, which police said was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called.

The attack has prompted an outpouring of grief and deep shock in this usually peaceful and hospitable country, which prides itself on welcoming refugees fleeing violence or persecution. "Together we will defeat those who seek to destroy our values, our way of life and seek to divide us".

"These comments are appalling and they're ugly and they have no place in Australia. And he should be, frankly, ashamed of himself" he said.

"I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11", Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media. The attack was reportedly carried out by a 28-year-old white Australian citizen, who had a history of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim ideas.

The two mosques were full as the attacks occurred just after Friday prayers had started.

Dozens remain in hospital, with at least 12 - including a four-year-old girl - in a critical condition.

The Muslim Community Center, which operates a mosque on the North Side and schools in Morton Grove and Skokie, said in a statement that it planned to hire extra security patrols and advised its members, "Please be vigilant by keeping your eyes and ears open and being aware of your surroundings".

Chicago Muslim groups step up security after New Zealand mosque attacks

That has been thrown into the spotlight by the killing of 49 people by a shooter rampaging through two Christchurch mosques with an arsenal of high-powered guns.

Their primary concern was being able to lay their loved ones to rest.

She said: "I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch". 49 people have been confirmed dead and more than 20 are injured following attacks at two mosques.

"Very quickly we identified that we're going to have to increase police presence around mosques, around houses of worship", said NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism John Miller.

"Because we still believe this country accepts all religions".

Leading the competition, Central Districts will be presented with the trophy next week at Hamilton's Seddon Park, after the other contender, Canterbury, withdrew from their final match of the season following Friday's gruesome attacks, New Zealand Herald reported.

Mourners hug outside the Al Noor mosque on Saturday.

An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019. Later in the day, it emerged that he used five guns in Friday's attack, including two shotguns and two semi-automatic weapons.

The prime minister recalled that there were attempts to change the gun laws in New Zealand back in 2005, 2012 and in 2017. He briefly appeared in court on Saturday morning, March 16.

Tarrant did not request bail and was remanded in custody till his next court appearance on April 5. Two other armed suspects were last night being held in custody.

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