Victims rise to 50 in Christchurch mosque attacks, 1 suspect left

Christchurch mosque shooting: Handcuffed, barefoot, main suspect smirks in court; next hearing on April 5

Christchurch mosque shooting: Handcuffed, barefoot, main suspect smirks in court; next hearing on April 5

The gunman suspected of killing 50 people in two New Zealand mosques sent his manifesto to state authorities just minutes before the shooting, PM Jacinda Ardern said, but "no specific details" were included. Another victim died later in Christchurch hospital.

In the terrorist attacks on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, nearly 49 people died and 20 received serious injuries. That makes New Zealand's per capita rate of gun ownership higher than Australia's, but still far below the U.S., where there is more than one gun per person.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, he stood silently in Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea.

Police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha said the attacks were "totally unprecedented in our history" but that his officers were "working very hard" to support the families.

The Pacific has reacted with sadness and shown solidarity for New Zealand after at least 49 people were killed in shootings at two Christchurch mosques yesterday.

Footage of the attack on Al Noor mosque was broadcast live on Facebook, while no images emerged from the other mosque in Linwood where seven people were killed.

People gather at a vigil to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 15, 2019.

A MAN from Greater Manchester who posted comments on social media supporting the mosque massacre in New Zealand has been arrested, police said.

President Donald Trump, who has a record of Islamophobic rhetoric, online behavior and policies, tweeted out his "warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand. I still can't understand or believe why and how this happened.

The youngest person missing and feared dead is three years old, Greenhill tells NPR's Weekend Edition. Two mosques were targeted in the attack.

The parliament would also pay tribute to the victims on Tuesday.

Amid the sadness, there have also been tales of heroes such as Alabi Lateef and a fellow worshipper, who followed the 28-year-old Australian gunman to his auto and used a discarded rifle to smash the vehicle's back window.

The shootings have raised new questions about violence being disseminated online.

Dirie's family had fled war-torn Somalia in the mid-1990s as refugees and settled down in New Zealand.

Among 50 people who were killed in the attack, it has been reported that 9 of them were from Pakistan.

The employee said despite every other shop going into lockdown during the three-hour event, the doors of Gun City remained open.

The cabinet will also hear from intelligence agencies about how a self-avowed fascist legally purchased and trained to use two semi-automatic weapons, reportedly AR-15s, two shotguns and a lever-action gun without drawing the attention of the authorities.

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

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