New Zealand PM's office received shooter's 'manifesto' minutes before attack

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New Zealand PM's office received shooter's 'manifesto' minutes before attack

Ardern said some were from Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Members of New Zealand's Muslim Association in Auckland travelled to Christchurch to help with Muslim funeral rites, which consists of washing the bodies, wrapping them in white cloth and moving them to the cemetery. While interpretation of Islamic law regarding burials varies, burying a person as soon as possible after death is a fundamental principal of Islam, usually no more than 24 hours later.

Dramatic footage that surfaced online after the attack shows two officers - one of whom appears to be armed only with a handgun - pointing their weapons at the passenger door and then forcing a black-clad man out of the vehicle.

Two other people were in custody and police said they were working to understand their involvement.

The 28-year-old main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday that killed 49 people and injured dozens was produced in court a day after the attacks.

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.

People have also been laying flowers outside of mosques in other parts of New Zealand in solidarity with the victims and their famlies.

"I came to the street, I saw one person got shot on his chest", he said, adding that the ambulance and police then arrived on the scene.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that at least four Palestinians were among those killed, but acknowledged they could have been counted by Jordan or other countries.

As Ardern revealed deatails about the suspect's weapons and his background, she promised changes to the country's gun laws.

On Saturday, thousands of New Zealanders held vigils and attended mosques throughout the country to support the families of those killed. He had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters on Saturday. Story continues after video.

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

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. He said that he had a friend in another mosque in the area who told him a gunman had opened fire there as well and five people were dead. "My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities", she said she told him.

British security sources said there were no apparent United Kingdom links to the attack.

Pence also affirmed US cooperation in ensuring all the perpetrators were brought to justice. "These acts of hate have no place in the diverse and tolerant society for which New Zealand is justly known", the White House statement said.

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