Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Judge orders suspected New Zealand mosque shooter's face blurred in photos

Judge orders suspected New Zealand mosque shooter's face blurred in photos

Huang Yan, the manager of the Christchurch branch of China's Southern Airlines, told Xinhua the mass shooting would bring negative impact on New Zealand tourism as Christchurch has just been recovered from the aftermath of the 2011 deadly natural disaster.

Brenton Tarrant, 28, briefly came before a district court judge, charged with murder.

At least 49 people were shot to death at two mosques during midday prayers Friday - most if not all of them gunned down by an immigrant-hating white supremacist who apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter on Facebook.

As Anwar Alsaleh took cover at Christchurch's Masjid Al Noor mosque, he rang emergency services pleading for help.

On Saturday, outside one of the two mosques, 32-year-old Ash Mohammed pushed through police barricades in hopes of finding out what happened to his father and two brothers, whose cellphones rang unanswered.

The manifesto also included a single reference to US President Donald Trump in which the author asked and answered the question of whether he was a Trump supporter: "As a symbol of renewed white identity and common goal?"

"We are a Forum family and what affects one, affects all".

Yet the suspect himself highlighted New Zealand's remoteness as a reason he chose it.

Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims.

Friday prayers at the Windsor Mosque on March 15, 2019, a day after a gunman killed 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Service at a mosque in Gibsonia
Service at a mosque in Gibsonia

The prime minister said the attack reflected "extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand". One man was arrested and charged with murder for what appears to be a carefully planned attack and two other people are in custody.

"If Jacinda Ardern moves as quickly as [former Australian prime minister] John Howard did [when he banned guns following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre], and she does it in 12 days, the probability is that she will be able to do what she wants to do", Alpers said.

Two Jordanians were among those killed, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run Petra news service. "Call it out in our communities, in our societies, in our families, in our friendships, in our workplaces", said Hussen. Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald he heard about five gunshots and a worshipper returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

"Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here". The UK stands ready to support New Zealand however we can.

"As Christians we Cook Islanders have come to accept the church as a place of refuge, of safety and of comfort".

"In these times of mourning and recollection, our common values, that of a Polynesian world that lives in fraternity and respect for everyone, will help us overcome this bad ordeal". He said they had disabled one and were in the process of disabling the second.

The police presence out the mosque in Deans Ave, Christchurch, after the shootings. Photo: Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

Alpers said that Ardern had the opportunity to introduce sweeping gun reform, starting with the restriction of semi-automatic rifles and the creation of a central gun register, provided she acted quickly. In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded.

"It makes people panic", Zhong said.

Home to almost 400,000 people, Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand's South Island.

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