Monday, 27 May, 2019

As New Zealand shooter appears in court, world rallies behind Muslim communities

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He showed no expression as District Court Judge Paul Kellar read one charge of murder to him.

"Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them", Mazharuddin told Sky.

Former NSW personal trainer Tarrant did not apply for bail when he appeared in court on Saturday and was remanded in custody without plea until April 5.

'I can tell you one thing right now.

Tarrant is 28 and was arraigned Saturday on the first of many expected murder charges.

The Daraghmehs are of Palestinian origin, but have Jordanian citizenship, like several others listed as Jordanian nationals among those killed and wounded in the mosque attacks.

At least 49 people were killed in Friday's attack.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the country's firearms regulations would change following the violent attacks on two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

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The gunman had posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself as an Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

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The gym's owner Tracey Gray told Australian media, "I think something must have changed in him during the years he spent travelling overseas..."

Flowers and signs are seen at a memorial as tributes to victims of the mosque attacks near Linwood mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2019.

The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle.

None of those arrested by the police had been on any watchlists of the authorities either in New Zealand or in Australia, Ardern argued.

Bishop of Polynesia - The Most Reverend Fereimi Cama said the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia unequivocally condemned this act of terrorism.

An Afghan man, thought to be in his 60s or 70s, died after he reportedly ran into the line of fire to save fellow worshippers at the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. But he said some people frustrated because "they want to get on with their grieving process".

She indicated she will move quickly to tighten gun laws, saying a ban on semi-automatic weapons is one possibility that will be discussed by ministers this week.

"Fijian hearts are breaking for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand - a place where an atrocity of this nature is shocking nearly beyond comprehension".

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the frightful massacre in the Mosques", he tweeted. Police say that this person was a member of the public armed with a gun with the intention of assisting officers.

'But the Prime Minister has signaled that we are going to look at that issue [banning semi-automatic weapons]'. Tarrant, obtained a "Category A" gun licence in November 2017 and began purchasing the five weapons used in Friday's attacks the following month, she said. He remains the only person charged in relation to the attacks, Bush said. "Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives".

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