New Zealand shooting suspect Brenton Tarrant charged with murder in Christchurch court

Brenton Tarrant appears in court in connection with the terrorist attack in Christchurch New Zealand

The video of Ardern's press conference in Wellington was published online by local broadcaster.

The man facing murder charges was an Australian citizen who had spent a lot of time travelling overseas and spent time only sporadically in New Zealand, Ardern said.

Her fellow countrymen seemed to want to prove her right by volunteering acts of kindness. Some offered rides to the grocery store or volunteered to walk with their Muslim neighbors if they felt unsafe. Two mosques were targeted in the attack.

"Love always wins over hate".

Police urged all mosques across New Zealand to stay closed over the weekend for security reasons.

Fifty people were injured and Christchurch hospital is still treating 36, of whom 12 are in a critical condition.

"We are a Forum family and what affects one, affects all". - AP A woman photographs messages posted on a wall at the Botanical Gardens Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Dressed in a white prison tunic, handcuffed and flanked by two police officers, Tarrant stood passively in the dock.

"We know that there's been young Somalis that have lost their life, people of Turkish backgrounds that have been injured", he told NPR's Weekend Edition from the airport, on his way to Christchurch. One victim died at a hospital.

Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque. He is expected to face further charges, police said.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel spoke to the public on Saturday morning, sending her condolences to the victims and their families and the people who are affected by the attacks.

In a video filmed from his hospital bed Alsati asked people to "please pray for me and my daughter", who has been flown to Auckland for treatment.

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Nearby, Akhtar Khokhur leaned on the shoulders of her friend and cried as she held up her cellphone with an image of her husband.

Wearing a black scarf, Ardern hugged members of the Muslim community at a Christchurch refugee centre, saying she would ensure freedom of religion in New Zealand. The couple was due to fly out Sunday.

In a statement, Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama also expressed his shock at the shooting and sympathy for the victims.

At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques during midday prayers on Friday and dozens more were wounded, some critically.

Ostankino TV tower is seen with lights turned off in memory of the victims of New Zealand's Christchurch mosque attack, in Moscow, Russia March 16, 2019. He also had more assault weapons in the trunk of his auto, along with what appeared to be explosives.

Ahmed Khan fled violence in his native Afghanistan to live in one of the world's safest countries - New Zealand, where he was witness to unimaginable horror inside a Christchurch mosque.

At least one Palestinian died, Palestine's ambassador to Australia and New Zealand said in a statement.

Police said the suspect took seven minutes to travel to the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven people were killed. Tarrant, obtained a "Category A" gun licence in November 2017 and began purchasing the five weapons used in Friday's attacks the following month, she said.

"As soon as New Zealanders hear that someone was legally able to acquire, as I'm advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun laws, and that is why we will respond swiftly", Ardern said.

New Zealand's first-class domestic cricket competition, the Plunket Shield, has been decided with a round to spare in sad and unique circumstances.

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle.

The New Zealand premier was showered with vast praises internationally for the gesture, which made it clear that New Zealand stood by the Muslim community that was the centre of Friday's horrifying terror attacks rooted in racial as well as religious hatred.

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