NZ shootings: Terrorist sent manifesto to 70 individuals, institutions worldwide

NZ shootings: Terrorist sent manifesto to 70 individuals, institutions worldwide

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugged members of the Muslim community at a refugee centre in Christchurch on Saturday, promising she would ensure freedom of religion for all: "I convey the message of love and support on behalf of New Zealand to all of you", she said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that the sacrifice of Naeem Rashid, who embraced martyrdom while tackling the white supremacist terrorist in deadly Christchurch attack, will be recognised with a national award.

Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch.

Desperate for any news, families and friends of the victims gathered at the city's Hagley College, near the hospital.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the body of the 50th victim was found at the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 people died after a gunman entered and shot at people with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines, before travelling to a second mosque.

The pair's actions may have helped saved further casualties, as Tarrant was apprehended by two armed police officers soon after.

He says one of those people has been released and the other has been charged with firearms offenses.

The prime suspect, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who was arrested shortly after the Friday shootings, was indicted by a district court for murder on Saturday.

"She came here for the peace.now she is shocked", he said, adding his mother was too afraid to leave her house.

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She also signalled that if convicted, he would serve his sentence in New Zealand.

Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.

According to a recent report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), domestic extremists killed 50 people in the United States a year ago - an overwhelming majority of which were perpetrated by right-wing extremists.

Pacific Islands Forum Chair and president of Nauru Baron Waqa expressed his "deepest condolences" to the people and government of New Zealand on what he called a sad day for Christchurch and a sad day for the region.

Two other people have been arrested in connection with the terror attack, and they remain in custody as police conduct an ongoing investigation as to their possible involvement.

"Unfortunately, we are all too familiar with the devastating effect a mass shooting has on a faith community", said Meryl Ainsman, chair of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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

Once identification is complete the names will be made public, Bush said.

Moreover, Pakistan's High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner in New Zealand would also be available for guidance, round the clock, the press release said. "New Zealand is home for all of us, and this despicable act will not change that feeling of closeness in us".

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