Children, Foreigners Among Those Killed In Attacks On Christchurch Mosques

Children, Foreigners Among Those Killed In Attacks On Christchurch Mosques

The terrorist who led an attack in which 50 people were gunned down in two mosques is believed to have travelled to Britain on a two-month tour of Europe which galvinised his extremism, the Telegraph can reveal.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said that gun laws will be reformed after the attacks, as legislation allowed the suspect the legally obtain a semi-automatic weapon.

The massacre during Friday prayers prompted a heartfelt response from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who pronounced it "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and said the shooter, an Australian native, had chosen to strike in New Zealand "because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion".

The 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant who has been charged with murder in connection with the attack appeared to be the sole gunman, Bush said.

He was remanded in custody without entering a plea and is due to appear in court again on April 5.

"Those two police officers acted with absolute courage", Bush said.

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.

Police then rammed the gunman's vehicle and arrested him.

Rashid, originally from Abbottabad in Pakistan, was "badly wounded" in the attack on the Al Noor mosque after he tried "overpowering the shooter", the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis said in a series of Twitter posts.

Ms Ardern said Mr Trump had called to offer his condolences and asked what support the United States could offer New Zealand.

An employee who works at a takeaway shop opposite Gun City, New Zealand's largest gun retailer, confirmed to the Guardian that business had been "extremely busy" at the rifle store since Friday's massacre.

Children, Foreigners Among Those Killed In Attacks On Christchurch Mosques

"As a Member of our Pacific community, we stand with you shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart in this hard time coming to grips with what has happened".

When Aziz heard one of his four sons cry "Daddy, please come back inside!" he picked up an empty shotgun discarded by the gunman and shouted "come on here" repeatedly in an effort to draw him away from his sons and the other worshippers.

The Pacific Music Awards organisation in New Zealand also expressed its shock and solidarity over the shootings.

Imam Burhaan Mehtar has thanked the community for their support after the mosque attack in Christchurch.

In a tweet on Sunday, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said that three more Pakistanis have been identified among those killed in the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand.

"As soon as people die we must bury them as soon as possible", Hakim said.

The father-of-five, a retired engineer, had moved to New Zealand from Afghanistan in 1977, becoming one of the first Muslims in the country.

Authorities said 34 people remain in hospital.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

Arden used some of her strongest language yet about gun control, saying that laws need to change and "they will change".

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