Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

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Steven Clarke | 17 March, 2019, 11:40

Tarrant has been remanded in custody until April 5, when he will appear again before the High Court in Christchurch.

The massacre during Friday prayers prompted a heartfelt response from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who pronounced it "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and said the shooter, an Australian native, had chosen to strike in New Zealand "because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion". The number of people injured in the attacks was also 50, of whom 36 remained in hospital.

"[The process] will commence this evening and hopefully will be completed by Wednesday", he said.

Huge piles of flowers were laid at sites near the mosques and passersby of all faiths stopped to pay respects. Police have warned the public that sharing the video is an offence and social media companies have said they are trying to scrub it from their platforms.

Muslims with at least 10 different nationalities fell victim to right-wing terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand's third largest city Christchurch on Friday.

A fourth person was arrested yesterday in the wake of the shootings, but has been released without charge.

Abdul Aziz, 48, was hailed for confronting the shooter at the second mosque and preventing more deaths. A tall, strong man with a ginger beard and tattoos, Anthony says he uses his riflefor "sport".

He was not a resident of Christchurch, the prime minister added.

Hungry for any news, families and friends of the victims gathered at the city's Hagley College, near the hospital.

Greg Robertson, head of surgery at Christchurch Hospital said staff were used to seeing gunshot wounds and severe injuries, but the scale and nature of the attacks was different. "It's just comprehending what is the incomprehensible". By the time the rampage was over, the gunman had killed 41 people.

"He was studying to be a pilot and we saw him for morning classes".

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"Identification hearings will start this afternoon and we are anticipating that the process of returning the deceased will commence tonight", Judge Marshall said.

"Last night we were able to take all the victims from all scenes", he said.

The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan.

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. She said she lost five family friends, including a 12-year-old boy, in the attack. Two men faced charges unrelated or "tangential" to the attack, while a woman had been released, he said.

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.

Ardern reiterated her promise that there will be changes to the country's gun laws in a news conference Sunday, saying her Cabinet will discuss the policy details on Monday. The wounded included a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl.

The shootings have raised new questions about violence being disseminated online.

Ms Ardern said he was being held in a specialist security facility.

He also reached out to the Muslim community in Christchurch and in New Zealand.

Ardern has vowed to change the country's gun laws and to uncover how a self-avowed extremist legally purchased two semi-automatic weapons, reportedly AR-15s, two shotguns and a lever-action gun without drawing the attention of the authorities.

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