Accused New Zealand mosque shooter makes first court appearance

The man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre Brenton Tarrant gestures in the dock for his appearance for mur

The terrorist who led an attack in which 50 people were gunned down in two mosques is believed to have travelled to Britain on a two-month tour of Europe which galvinised his extremism, the Telegraph can reveal.

The video of Ardern's press conference in Wellington was published online by local broadcaster. He says 36 victims remain hospitalized, with two of them in critical condition.

"I still don't know where he is", she said.

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 officials said they understand the religious duty of the Islamic faith to bury the deceased as soon as possible and are "working closely with the Chief Coroner to do everything possible to expedite the process".

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.

New Zealand has previously tried to change its gun laws, with the most recent attempt coming two years ago.

Police said Tarrant was arrested as he fled in a auto from the second mosque about 36 minutes after the first call of the attacks came in. One man has been charged with murder.

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". One victim died in hospital.

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team arrive to depart for Bangladesh from Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand March 16, 2019, in this still image from video obtained from social media.

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At least 49 people were killed and 48 others injured in the terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

New Zealand's worst mass shooting in modern history appears to be the act of a lone gunman who attacked worshippers at two mosques out of racial hatred.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

In a statement, Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama also expressed his shock at the shooting and sympathy for the victims.

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". 48 people were injured in the terrorist attack that was carried out during Friday prayers at Al Noor Masjid and a smaller mosque in Linwood.

"I never thought it would happen in New Zealand".

"If this evil thinks we will stop going to our mosque here or stop doing our worship to our god, Allah, we can not ever stop", Linwood mosque Imam Ibrahim Abdelhalim said.

Trump condemned the attack but referred to it as a massacre instead of defining it as a terror attack.

"Our investigations are in their early stages and we will be looking closely to build a picture of any of the individuals involved and all of their activities prior to this horrific event", Police Commissioner Mike 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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