Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

Police increased patrols at London mosques and offered safety advice on Friday over fears of a copycat attack after the white supremacist attack in New Zealand, wich left 49 people dead.

Bangladesh and New Zealand were to play their third and final Test of a three-match series from Saturday which was cancelled in the aftermath of the incident.

Church services for victims of the attack were held around the country, including at Christchurch's "Cardboard Cathedral", a temporary structure built after much of the central city was destroyed in a 2011 quake.

Muath Elayyan, Mohammed's brother, told the Associated Press his brother helped establish the mosque a year after arriving in New Zealand, where he teaches engineering at a university and runs a consultancy.

From the bus we saw bloodied people coming out of the mosque. "He enjoyed freedom there and never complained about anything", Muath said.

On the sombre streets of Christchurch, Jeremy Mitchell said it was "surreal" such a massacre could happen in New Zealand. Two Indians have died in the attacks, a third person is battling for his life, Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party) said.

The suspected shooter has been identified as Brenton Tarrant, 28, of Australia.

Security at London mosques was hiked up yesterday after the New Zealand attacker said he was inspired by events in the United Kingdom and wanted Muslim London mayor Sadiq Kahn dead.

Police said they were aware of a video shared online and broadcast live during the attack, which apparently showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire.

She also sent a message to American politicians given the countless shootings claiming lives in the US, writing: "America take note!"

He acknowledged the frustration being felt by family members of the victims, who were desperate to bury their loved ones.

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

"This is not something you'd expect on our soil", said Luke Smith, who was also in Christchurch eight years ago when devastating earthquakes killed 185 people.

Mr Morrison said he has been in contact with Ms Ardern, and that Australian agencies are working with New Zealand authorities. 39 remain in the hospital, 11 of whom are in the ICU, Ardern said.

There will likely be additional charges, reported CBC News, but the police have yet to release details of what they may be.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or were on watchlists in New Zealand or Australia.

She said Tarrant, who has been arrested and charged with murder and committing a terrorist act, had allegedly used five firearms, including two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm.

"There were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, according to ABC57.

"It's a fine line between telling the children this is the reality of it", he said, "and not exposing them to the true nature of humanity that can lead to this sort of thing".

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