A person has appeared in court docket after 49 folks had been shot and killed at two mosques in New Zealand.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Australia, appeared to have live-streamed the fear assault in Christchurch and outlined his anti-immigrant motives in a manifesto posted on-line.
On Saturday Tarrant appeared in court docket in Christchurch charged with one rely of homicide however police stated additional prices had been anticipated to observe.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated three folks, together with Tarrant, had been arrested within the wake of the assault.
A forth individual arrested on Friday who was in possession of a firearm, however with the intention of helping police, has since been launched.
Forty-one folks had been killed on the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue in central Christchurch, seven had been killed on the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and one individual died on the Christchurch Hospital.
Ms Ardern stated in a press convention that the nation’s gun legal guidelines would change within the wake of the assault.
The suspect held a Class A gun license which enabled him to legally receive semi-automatic weapons, she stated.
She added: “Whereas the nation grapples with a type of grief and anger that we’ve not skilled earlier than, we’re searching for solutions.”
Prime Minister Ardern beforehand described the assault as “one in all New Zealand’s darkest days”, including: “What has occurred right here is a rare and unprecedented act of violence.”
She added: “It’s clear that this may now solely be described as a terrorist assault.”
Police urged all mosques throughout New Zealand to remain closed over the weekend for safety causes.
British safety sources stated there have been no obvious UK hyperlinks to the assault.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier confirmed one of many folks arrested was an Australian citizen, and described the suspected attacker as an “extremist right-wing violent terrorist”.
Within the video live-streamed by Tarrant, a person inside a mosque seems to say “Welcome brother” as a gunman approaches.
New Zealand Commissioner of Police Mike Bush stated the assault was a “very well-planned occasion”.
Requested if the police had been looking for another suspects, he stated: “We by no means assume that there aren’t different folks concerned, that’s why we’ve obtained an immense presence on the market … however we don’t have named or recognized those that we’re searching for, however it could be fallacious to imagine that there’s no-one else.”
He added: “At this level we aren’t actively searching for any recognized individuals.”
Quite a few improvised explosive gadgets discovered on a car after the shootings had been defused by police.
Requested in regards to the attackers not being on intelligence company watchlists, Ms Ardern stated it was a sign that they “had not acted in a means that warranted it”.
Of the victims, she stated: “I’ll have been amongst different members of the general public who may have seen the footage because the injured had been being dropped at Christchurch A&E and also you definitely can see from that footage there’s a actual vary of ages there.
“I think about that these would have represented specific brothers, fathers, sons.”
She added: “We have now undoubtedly skilled an assault at the moment that’s unprecedented, in contrast to something that we’ve skilled earlier than.
“However, as I say, New Zealand has been chosen as a result of we aren’t a spot the place violent extremism exists.
“We reject these notions and we should proceed to reject them. This isn’t an enclave for that type of behaviour, for that type of ideology.
“We are going to and should reject it. This can be a place the place folks ought to really feel safe and can really feel safe.
“I’m not going to let this modification New Zealand’s profile, none of us ought to.”
In a message to the Governor-Common of New Zealand, the Queen stated: “I’ve been deeply saddened by the appalling occasions in Christchurch at the moment. Prince Philip and I ship our condolences to the households and pals of those that have misplaced their lives.”
Officers responded to studies of pictures fired in central Christchurch at about 1.40pm native time (12.40am GMT), and urged folks within the space to remain indoors.
Members of the Bangladesh cricket staff, presently on tour in New Zealand, stated that they had practically been caught up within the tragedy.
Tamim Iqbal tweeted: “Complete staff obtained saved from energetic shooters!!! Scary expertise and please maintain us in your prayers”, whereas Mushfiqur Rahim stated: “Alhamdulillah Allah save us at the moment whereas capturing in Christchurch within the mosque…we r extraordinarily fortunate…by no means wish to see this issues occur once more…. pray for us”.
New Zealand Police urged folks to not share “extraordinarily distressing footage” regarding the incident that was circulating on-line.
“It’s very disturbing, it shouldn’t be within the public area,” a spokesman stated.
In the meantime, leaders throughout the globe responded with outrage after Australian senator Fraser Anning apparently stated in a press release shared on-line that the true explanation for the assault was Muslim immigration.
The impartial Queensland senator additionally tweeted: “Does anybody nonetheless dispute the hyperlink between Muslim immigration and violence?”.
UK Residence Secretary Sajid Javid accused him of fanning the flames of extremism, whereas Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison referred to as the views “disgusting”.