New Zealand Mosque Suspect Appears in Court

Leroy Wright
March 17, 2019

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said that gun laws will be reformed after the attacks, as legislation allowed the suspect the legally obtain a semi-automatic weapon.

In a news conference Saturday morning, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tarrant's onslaught was cut short when he was apprehended.

Five guns were used by the primary perpetrator, including two semi-automatic weapons, and two shotguns, she added.

At least 49 people were killed at two mosques full of worshipers attending Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Ardern stressed that families that lost a loved one - particularly if they were dependent on the victim - will receive financial support.

Ms Arden stated the deadly attacks was one of New Zealand's "darkest days" and vowed to change the country's current gun laws. Shamir Khan, 25 and three other men from his family, were at the Al Noor Mosque, one of the two mosques attacked by gunmen.

Tarrant had live-streamed a video of himself opening fire at one of the two mosques on social media, according to AFP.

The prime minister said the attack reflected "extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand".

Families of the Sandy Hook victims were recently given the green light to sue United States gunmaker Remington for knowingly marketing a military grade weapon that is "grossly unsuited" for civilian use and has become the gun of choice for mass killings.

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Indeed, the writer claims to have had "brief contact" with Breivik, who he says gave his "blessing" to the Christchurch attack. Meanwhile, the final day of the Auckland secondary schools dance festival Polyfest was cancelled following the attacks.

While one National Rugby League match went ahead in Auckland on Saturday, a horse racing meeting, a top class rugby union match, a cricket test, and string of netball games were all scratched from the schedules in the wake of the attack.

"It is with great sadness that we learned today that New Zealand Futsal goalkeeper Atta Elayyan has died during the painful Christchurch attacks", Federation Internationale de Football Association said on Twitter.

The suspect documented his radicalisation and two years of preparations in a lengthy, meandering and conspiracy filled far-right "manifesto".

A video captured by passerby Nathan Cambus shows the moment two police officers, guns drawn, approached a auto.

"I am deeply saddened by the terror attack in New Zealand & stand with our Muslim community to condemn this hate-fuelled violence", Mayor John Tory tweeted.

Mr Tarrant was remanded in custody before a high court hearing on April 5 and he did not request bail. "There are obviously questions being asked of how this person was able to enter the country and undertake this act of terror", the premier said. - AP A woman photographs messages posted on a wall at the Botanical Gardens Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Christchurch, New Zealand. "There is a dimming of enlightenment in many parts of the world".

The ODESC committee is expected to brief Cabinet on Monday on a number of issues including gun laws, security and intelligence services, security watch lists and border protection.

"It's a fine line between telling the children this is the reality of it", he said, "and not exposing them to the true nature of humanity that can lead to this sort of thing".

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