New Zealand mosque suspect lauded racist, violent extremism

New Zealand mosque suspect lauded racist, violent extremism

Although police in New Zealand have not named any of the suspects, one man who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Australia, appeared to have live-streamed the terror attack in Christchurch and outlined his anti-immigrant motives in a manifesto posted online. New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said more charges would be laid.

Two other armed suspects were taken into custody Friday while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand, a country so peaceful that police officers rarely carry guns.

Three Bangladeshis were among the dead and one was missing, the consulate said.

Workers used heavy machinery to prepare at least a dozen graves at a cemetery near Christchurch on Saturday afternoon, ahead of the unprecedented number of burials due in the coming hours.

"This is not something you'd expect on our soil", said Luke Smith, who was also in Christchurch eight years ago when devastating earthquakes killed 185 people.

A police spokesperson in the Australian state of New South Wales said Tarrant's family have been "assisting and cooperating" with authorities.

She called the mass shooting "an extraordinary act of violence", and vowed "our gun laws will change". Officials say forty-one people died at the Al Noor Mosque, and seven were killed at the Linwood Mosque, a 10-minute drive away.

"We are now dealing with an unprecedented situation in New Zealand".

Labelling the attack as an act of terrorism, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to reform the country's gun laws.

Ardern said the suspect traveled around the world and was in New Zealand sporadically.

Wahb noted that the attacker had written the name of the Quebec City mosque shooter on his weapon, "so that actually triggers the sad feeling and the sorrow of this tragedy that happened here because we actually experienced it with a city that is close by here".

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People from all walks of life arrived at the police barriers near the mosques on Saturday to pay their respects and to show support for New Zealand's 50,000 Muslims, who make up about one percent of the population.

Full details of the weapons used in the attack have not been released publicly but Ardern confirmed that two semi-automatic rifles were involved.

Friday's shootings that left at least 49 people dead at two mosques in New Zealand may put a new focus on the country's approach to firearms safety.

The Ontario police forces say they have not received reports of threats or suspicious activity at local places of worship, but say there will be a "heightened police presence" around the facilities in the coming days.

"My heart breaks for the victims of the horrific attack in New Zealand". The attacks killed 49 people and injured 42 others, of those injured, several remain in critical condition.

He said they were praying "to our God of all peoples and of all cultures for peace, tolerance and good will".

New Zealand is not at home with such bloodshed.

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

A police auto rammed into his white SUV after it sped away from Linwood, pushing the vehicle up and onto the curb, which allowed officers to drag him onto the pavement at gunpoint.

The Bulgarian government has also said it was looking into Tarrant, who apparently visited the country late previous year, as well as having earlier travelled to other parts of the Balkans - including Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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