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

New Zealand PM says gun laws to change after mosque attack

New Zealand PM says gun laws to change after mosque attack

This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community. Handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant did not speak.

He will face further charges before he next appears in court on April 5.

The video footage showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people present inside.

A steady stream of mourners arrived at a makeshift memorial outside the Al Noor mosque, where hundreds of flowers lay piled amid candles, balloons and notes of grief and love.

Police said the suspect took seven minutes to travel to the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven people were killed. Bush said the man was apprehended 36 minutes after police were alerted.

Ms Ardern also confirmed she had been emailed the so-called manifesto just minutes before the attack at 1.42pm on Friday.

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said he spoke to one of the Trustees of the Festival last night about the decision, and why it was made.

They said they were saddened by the "senseless" attacks.

Mr Bainimarama also said his government will be working closely with authorities in New Zealand to monitor the welfare of Fijians in Christchurch.

Thirty-four people were in Christchurch Hospital, with 12 in intensive care, while one child was moved to a dedicated children's hospital in Auckland.

A gunman attacked the mosques on Friday, killing 50 people and leaving dozens badly injured.

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Pacific Islands Forum Chair and president of Nauru Baron Waqa expressed his "deepest condolences" to the people and government of New Zealand on what he called a sad day for Christchurch and a sad day for the region. She also says New Zealand will make "weekly compensation" available to victims' dependents on an ongoing basis.

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

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Credit PA
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Credit PA

Kensington Palace has released a statement on behalf of Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton in response to the New Zealand terror attack.

"I'm not sure how to deal with this".

"By the time we were advised of that email, the attack had taken place".

The revelation comes as relatives of those murdered in New Zealand continued to endure an agonising wait for confirmation of the identities of those killed in Christchurch, New Zealand.

She said it did not provide details that could have been acted upon immediately.

The video of Ardern's press conference in Wellington was published online by local broadcaster.

"I can confirm that the bodies of those who have died are beginning to be returned to their families from this evening", she said, adding that all were expected to be released by Wednesday, March 20.

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.

One of the images most widely shared on social media in solidarity with New Zealand is a cartoon of a kiwi, the country's national bird, crying.

"Our gun laws will change".

Imran had dropped off his father, an electrical engineer, at the Al Noor mosque on Friday and was looking for a parking space when the shooting began.

The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur, as well as a number of high-profile mass shootings in the United States.

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

Ms Ardern said he was being held in a specialist security facility. "My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities", she said she told him.

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