Manifesto of accused Christchurch shooter sent to NZ PM

Mourners from the Nepali Community pay their respects for victims of the March 15 mosque attacks in Christchurch

A dozen people are still critical and at least one child is among the dead as New Zealand remains in shock and grief after twin shootings at mosques.

Forty-nine people have been confirmed dead in the terrorist attack, and 39 people remain in hospital, 11 in intensive care. At a news conference on Saturday afternoon local time, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said authorities would release more information on the victims soon.

"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.

She said the man was arrested by two "rural community cops" 36 minutes after the first emergency call was made on Friday and was still an active shooter. Shamir Khan, 25 and three other men from his family, were at the Al Noor Mosque, one of the two mosques attacked by gunmen.

Gun control expert Philip Alpers suggested that Ardern's quick response to the attack may indicate that New Zealand will address the availability of military-style semi-automatic rifles as promptly as Australia did after a mass shooting in 1996.

Security at London mosques was hiked up yesterday after the New Zealand attacker said he was inspired by events in the United Kingdom and wanted Muslim London mayor Sadiq Kahn dead.

The Associated Press news agency on Saturday reported about an Indian couple in Christchurch looking for their son, Imran Khokhur, who has been missing since the massacre.

It was "reasonable to assume" Tarrant would face further murder charges, Judge Kellar said.

Many of you will have seen that Air New Zealand has cancelled all turboprop flights out of Christchurch tonight and will review the situation in the morning. Two explosive devices attached to suspects' vehicles have now been found and they have been disarmed.

A man prays outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch

A fourth person who had been taken into custody was later determined to be an armed bystander who wanted to help police.

Immigrants "have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home", Ardern said.

He will be in custody until April 5, according to the High Court in Christchurch.

Condemning the terror strike, Ardern had described it as a "terror attack" and said it "appears to have been well planned".

Mosque worker Abdul Aziz risked his own life to challenge the gunman and try to snatch his weapon, according to attack survivor Syed Mazharuddin.

The terror attack suspect, who live-streamed for about 17 minutes his rampage through two mosques here, is an Australian-born citizen and is a resident of Dunedin, situated around 360 km south of Christchurch.

Mass shootings and violent crime are rare in New Zealand, a country of almost 5 million people. In fact, for many, New Zealand was a choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to, the place they were raising their families, where they were part of communities they loved and who loved them.

Christchurch Hospital chief Greg Robertson said 7 of the 48 gunshot victims admitted after Friday's mosque shootings in have been discharged. "I don't think anyone.in this country, would say that rugby was the most important thing". He had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.

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Investigators were said to be trying to establish whether or not the other two people arrested were involved in the attacks. At least 49 people were killed at two mosques full of worshipers attending Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand .

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