Heartbroken New Zealanders mourn victims lost to Christchurch mass shooting

Cheryl Sanders
March 17, 2019

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

Gun shops reported increased sales of firearms around the country on Saturday, including semi-automatics, ammunition and magazines, as people rushed to acquire them before the government acts, according to the Newsroom website.

Tarrant was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday that victims of the attack were from across the Muslim world, underscoring the global impact of the attack.

"While work has been done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters. Afghanistan's embassy in Canberra named Nabi as one of two Afghans killed in the attack.

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Reality television star Kim Kardashian applauded New Zealand after the country's leaders announced gun laws would change in wake of Friday's mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush on Sunday told reporters four other people arrested during Friday's police operation attack have either been released or charged with "tangential" offences.

New Zealand's first-class domestic cricket competition, the Plunket Shield, has been decided with a round to spare in sad and unique circumstances.

The prime minister recalled that there were attempts to change the gun laws in New Zealand back in 2005, 2012 and in 2017.

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


Facebook said it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced" after being alerted by police.

Two more people, whose identity remains unknown as yet, were also arrested.

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.

She has been an advocate for stricter and safer gun laws in the United States. Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said.

Questions have been raised about why Tarrant had not appeared on a watchlist of New Zealand or Australian security agencies.


Tarrant, described by Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison as an "extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", expressed admiration for other violent white nationalists and his intention to "create an atmosphere of fear" and to "incite violence" against Muslims.

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the disgusting massacre in the Mosques", he tweeted.

Aziz said: "He gets into his auto and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window".

Police recovered two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm after the attacks.

He acknowledged the frustration being felt by family members of the victims, who were desperate to bury their loved ones. "These acts of hate have no place in the diverse and tolerant society for which New Zealand is justly known", the White House statement said.


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