'Ordinary white man'? New Zealand gunman makes white power sign in court

PM Khan condemns terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch

An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Friday night that a man had been charged with murder.

New Zealand police have charged a 28-year-old man with murder, and have taken two others into custody.

"Immediately, all of us who were working knew something really bad was happening, a lot of the guys thought it was a repeat of the big quake from a few years ago, because with all the alarms and sirens going off there was the same sort of terrified atmosphere".

The President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch sent a message of support to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, following the attack in Christchurch.

Officers said they were trying to track the vehicle and described the suspects as white men believed in their 20s.

One worshiper, Mohan Ibn Ibrahim, said he was inside one of the mosques when the shooting began.

Mr Mazharuddin said the gunman was wearing body armour and shooting indiscriminately. The gunmen came from the back side. "People are very scared and will be for a long time". He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door.

This is what some people at the vigil had to say.

"We think also of our Cook Islands community in Christchurch and in New Zealand, with so many of our people who have made their homes there".

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"I could not contact two of my friends who are in the mosque as well", he said. An attack at another mosque killed seven more, and one victim died at a hospital, leaving the country reeling in the aftermath of its deadliest mass shooting in recent history.

"I was really lucky", Nour Travis, who was on the scene at Al Noor told New Zealand radio station NewsTalk ZB.

Authorities declined to discuss potential motives for the attack.

Video footage widely circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, showed him driving to one mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside. It was not signed. Another 48 people suffered gunshot wounds in the attacks. Christchurch Hospital continued to care for 36 wounded in the shootings, including 11 critically injured. The courtroom was closed to the public, the name of the victim was withheld by authorities and a judge ruled that pictures of the suspect in court must have his face blurred.

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.

"There is a prime suspect and perpetrator of this attack but the police are ensuring that they include an investigation to give assurance that there are no ongoing threats to the people of Christchurch or New Zealand", she said.

The gun Brenton Tarrant used to carry out the attack. Dunedin is about 225 miles from Christchurch. And at such a time, when the police come forward and the leaders of other faiths come forward like the rabbis from the synagogue, the pastors from the churches, they all came, and the politicians also.

She said that she had already instructed the ODESC (Officials Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination) to report to Cabinet on Monday on Friday's events with a view to strengthening the country's systems on a range of fronts including, but not limited to, firearms, border controls, enhanced information-sharing with Australia, and any practice reinforcement of their watch-list processes. Tarrant was also a legal gun owner and used legal means to acquire the five guns used in Friday's attacks, according to Ardern.

'I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change, ' Ms Ardern told reporters.

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