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In wake of shooting, New Zealanders show kindness to Muslims

In wake of shooting, New Zealanders show kindness to Muslims

The violent shooting in two mosques in Christchurch, described by New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as a terrorist attack, took place on Friday, claiming lives of 49 people and leaving dozens injured.

He live-streamed footage of himself going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away in the main Christchurch mosque.

Tarrant, 28, appeared in court on Saturday charged with murder and police said further charges would be laid.

At least 49 worshippers were killed on Friday in attacks on the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the Linwood Mosque in the city's outer suburb, in what appeared to be the worst attack on Muslims in a western country.

Afghanistan's ambassador to Australia and New Zealand said two Afghans were missing and a third person of Afghan origin was treated and released from the hospital. Facebook "quickly removed both the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video" as soon as the social media company was alerted by police, spokeswoman Mia Garlick said in a statement.

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".

Tarrant has been identified as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity.

Outside one of the two mosques, 32-year-old Ash Mohammed pushed through police barricades in hopes of finding out what happened to his father and two brothers, whose cellphones rang unanswered.

Authorities were working to find out how he had obtained the weapons and a license, and how he was able to enter the country to carry out the attack, she said.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said a further examination of the crime scene allowed them to find another victim.

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An 87-page manifesto, found by authorities after it was posted online, was filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim ideas.

His interest showed "a very serious knowledge of the Balkan history in details I would say even few people in the Balkans know", Bulgarian Foreign Minister Elaterid Zachariah said.

A Syrian refugee, a Pakistani academic and their sons were among the 50 people killed, family members and nonprofit organizations confirmed.

In Grafton, which holds a jacaranda festival each October, councillor Greg Clan said the city was conservative with no mosque or significant Muslim population.

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

"I did not go to the prayer yesterday due to work. but received a call from my friends and rushed to the spot", Mohammad Kamruzzaman, originally from Bangladesh, told AFP.

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

"For them to come to what they thought was a safe country and end up facing a shocking incident like this is really sad to hear", says Marc Greenhill, news director for New Zealand's news website Stuff.

And it has emerged that multiple warning signs were there, from a former soldier who raised concerns about extremism at Tarrant's gun club in Dunedin to warning emails sent to the prime minister's office that were not seen until after the attack.


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