Alleged mosque shooter was armed to kill even more people

Death toll rises to 50 as New Zealand mourns victims

Death toll rises to 50 as New Zealand mourns victims

In online forums, people discussed Muslim food restrictions as they prepared to drop off meals for those affected.

The attacks took place during Friday prayers.

The disturbing video was live streamed on social media by the gunman as he entered Al Noor mosque, shooting all of his victims in sight including women and children.

"Love always wins over hate". Kiwis stand united in our love and support for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters.

He had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.

Ms Ardern said the guns used by the attacker appeared to have been modified, and that the suspect's auto was full of weapons, suggesting "his intention to continue with his attack".

Numerous victims hailed from around the world.

The report added that two more Indians from Gujarat state - Arif Vohra and his nephew Rameez Vohra - were missing, while Hafiz Musa Patel, Imam of Lautoka mosque in Fiji Islands, was injured.

In the terrorist attacks on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, nearly 49 people died and 20 received serious injuries.

"I chased him", Aziz said.

Accounts emerged on Sunday of heroic attempts to tackle a gunman who slaughtered 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand, as authorities prepared to begin releasing the bodies of victims to their families for burial.

"I can't imagine a country where it is less likely that they will just utter "thoughts and prayers" and let it slide", he said.

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

His movements are being retraced but authorities say there's no need for alarm. New Zealand Police is working as quickly as possible, Bush told reporters at a press conference in Wellington. The couple was due to fly out Sunday.

Abdul Fatah, a computer engineer in his 50s, was shot dead at Al Noor mosque said his old friend, and a survivor of the massacre, Mohammed al Jabawe. It has not been revealed how long he stayed in WA but police want to hear from anyone who met him.

Abdikina Ali-Hassarn and his family moved to New Zealand from Somalia four years ago and were regular worshippers at the Linwood mosque. In New Zealand, commentators also anxious that the horror would sow deep divisions in a society that has largely avoided the polarizations that have spread elsewhere.

Ms Ardern later said it appeared some of the weapons used had been modified, and that issue would also be considered.

Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian citizen, appeared in a Christchurch District Court Saturday.

The additional death was discovered as bodies were being removed from the mosques in the southern city, police said, with forensic officers from across New Zealand flying into the city to assist with the identification process.

A fourth person was arrested yesterday in the wake of the shootings, but has been released without charge.

A fourth person who was detained in the aftermath of the attack was later determined to be an armed bystander who wanted to help police.

As of now, there are currently no other threats of attack in New Zealand, but the country is on high alert. People have to be fit and proper persons to have guns. But it has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world.

She stated five weapons, including two semi-automatic, were used during the attack and the attacker received a gun license in 2017.

"While work has been done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: our gun laws will change", she said. The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons.

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