Suspect In New Zealand Mosque Attack Appears In Court

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand on Friday. Multiple people are in custody after shootings at two mosques there

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand on Friday. Multiple people are in custody after shootings at two mosques there

Flanked by armed police he made an upside-down "okay" signal, a symbol used by white power groups across the globe.

Officials have also not confirmed that the man charged is the same person who wrote a 74-page racist manifesto posted online, which appears to lay out a motive in the form of a hatred of non-white immigrants.

A dozen people are still critical and at least one child is among the dead as New Zealand remains in shock and grief after twin shootings at mosques.

The suspect was remanded in custody without plea to the High Court in Christchurch on April 5. The camera attached to his head recording the massacre follows the barrel of his weapon, like some macabre video game.

He appeared in court a day after the shootings at the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid mosques.

Rizwan Khan, 32, originally from West Bengal in India, told Al Jazeera of his fortune when an appointment in town meant he was running late for his usual trip to the Al Noor mosque.

"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud. "We are doing everything we can to remove it", he said.

Alsaleh said police arrived about 20 minutes after the shooting began. No images have emerged from the second mosque.

Bush said police had found two improvised explosive devices in one auto, a clarification from an earlier statement that there were devices in multiple vehicles.

In response to the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the massacre as a "terrorist attack" at a news conference, saying: "These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world".

Tarrant is expected to face additional charges and two others are in custody.

Ardern said the Australian suspect was not on any watch lists and did not have a criminal record.

"The right wing in this country needs to be held accountable for it... because the truth of the matter is that if this was somebody Muslim that engaged in this kind of tragedy, we would've had all kinds of finger pointing, and things written by some of the worst people on the planet that we were supposed to take into consideration", Jenkins told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Friday.

New Zealand has in the past tried to tighten firearm laws, but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied such efforts.

Ms Gray said Tarrant passionately worked in a program that offered free training to kids in the community.

"We have seen what happens in the United States when gun radicals are involved". Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald that he heard about five gunshots and that a worshipper returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

Twelve operating rooms worked through the night on the more than 40 people wounded, said hospital authorities. One more person died later at Christchurch Hospital.

Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several who were born overseas.

From time to time people outside the cordon came to place flowers under a tree to express their condolences to the victims.

"Not at all, this is New Zealand man, multicultural you know".

The nationalities of the victims included Indian, Pakistani, Malaysian, Indonesian, Egyptian, Bangladeshi, Saudi, Somalian and Turkish, authorities said.

At first, Mr Taylor and his colleagues had no idea what was happening, initially believing the alarms, sirens and general panic sweeping through the New Zealand city were signs of another quake, similar to the 6.2-level seismic disaster that destroyed massive swathes of the city in 2011.

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