Man charged with murder after New Zealand mosque shootings

'Horror and sorrow': U of T reacts to attack on Christchurch mosque

People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

That has been thrown into the spotlight by the killing of 49 people by a shooter rampaging through two Christchurch mosques with an arsenal of high-powered guns.

The city is on edge as helicopters are heard overhead and people are advised to stay indoors.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year old Australian citizen, accused of killing at least 49 people at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand appeared in a District Court on Saturday.

Police said IEDs, improvised explosive devices, were found with a vehicle they stopped.

"There are two ways you can respond to an attack like this - you can respond with fear or you can respond with friendship", he said. In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded.

Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yusuf called on the New Zealand government to investigate "the root cause of such terrorism and hand a hefty punishment to the attackers".

Schools, institutions and workplaces went forced into lockdown for three and half hours on Friday afternoon as police hunted the shooters. One person was later released.

Still, Muslims remained on high alert and were advised to stay away from mosques while the nation's security alert remained at the second-highest level for a second day.

Eman Ghali brought her baby daughter to the vigil for the victims of the New Zealand mosque shootings. None of them had been on any security watch lists prior to the attack, officials said.

Man charged with murder after New Zealand mosque shootings
Man charged with murder after New Zealand mosque shootings

Tarrant is believed to be the author of a 74-age manifesto posted online before the attacks occurred.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Friday night that a man had been charged with murder.

"We New Zealanders were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone this racism, or because we are an enclave of extremism, we were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things", she said.

A man who could not find out information about what happened to his father and two brothers pushed through police barricades at one of the cordons in an effort to get closer.

According to the Independent, the suspects are alleged to have called people attending Friday prayers at a near-by mosque "terrorists'".

In Peel Region, consisting of cities west of Toronto such as Mississauga, Ont., and Brampton, Ont., Chief Chris McCord said specialized equity and community mobilization units would be making the rounds of mosques and other places of worship. That shooting led to a 1993 amendment to the country's gun laws to regulate the use of military-style semi-automatic firearms.

In the years since the 2011 Christchurch natural disaster, which left 185 people dead and the quaint cathedral city in ruins, the authorities paused the region's refugee resettlement programme while they attempted to rebuild the city centre. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door. "I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone". "He loves to help out people". He said one was slightly injured. "The refugee issue and multiculturalism have become politicized and securitized in ways we haven't seen before", says Khalil. "I just don't understand it".

Handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant did not speak.

At Hagley College, just minutes from where 41 people were fatally shot at the Al Noor mosque, families of the victims greeted the prime minister.

He then walks outside to the street, where he shoots at people on the sidewalk.

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