Defiant New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Defiant New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Defiant New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Leaders, organisations and the media around the world expressed disgust and sorrow at the killing of 49 people in shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday, attacks that many blamed on the demonisation of Muslims by the West.

Brenton Tarrant appeared in court on Saturday charged with murder over the attack. His hands were handcuffed and he was wearing prison clothes.

He was flanked by two police officers and showed no emotion as the judge addressed read out a single murder charge.

Tarrant has been identified as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity. Police said more charges would follow. He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for April 5.

Yama Nabi said his father Haji Daoud, who came to New Zealand from Afghanistan in 1977, was killed at the Al Noor mosque.

"I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11", Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media.

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.

"For these people who are victims in these mosques - they are refugees, they are people who are from our migrant communities who've chosen to live in New Zealand, thinking they would find a safe place where they could be free in their religion and their culture".

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Mr Bainimarama also said his government will be working closely with authorities in New Zealand to monitor the welfare of Fijians in Christchurch. "I convey the message of love and support on behalf of New Zealand to all of you", she said.

"The regulation of guns in New Zealand is categorised as restrictive", say the authors of the database. "I'd like to take him back to Afghanistan, this is his homeland", Omar Nabi said.

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?" A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for the attack.

But Yasalar said there is no escaping the horrendous magnitude of the events in Christchurch.

Alpers said the gun lobby was unlikely to be able to mount an argument that the public would accept in the wake of the worst massacre in New Zealand's recent history. On Saturday morning, dozens of people stood silently, facing the building as police went about their work. He then walks outside, where he shoots at people on the sidewalk.

Children's screams can be heard in the distance as he returns to his auto to get another weapon.

New Zealand, with a population of five million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people. After walking back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his auto, where the song "Fire" by English rock band "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" can be heard blasting from the speakers.

The Al Noor mosque sits opposite a grand English-style park filled with towering oak trees. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives away. Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald he heard about five gunshots and a worshipper returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

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