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At least 6 Palestinians said among dead in New Zealand shooting

At least 6 Palestinians said among dead in New Zealand shooting

Reality television star Kim Kardashian applauded New Zealand after the country's leaders announced gun laws would change in wake of Friday's mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead.

Daoud Nabi had lived in New Zealand for more than 40 years after fleeing Afghanistan as a refugee in the late 1970s, and believed his adopted home to be a "slice of paradise", his son Omar told AFP.

Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch.

Police said the suspect took seven minutes to travel to the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven people were killed. "He enjoyed freedom there and never complained about anything", Muath said.

There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only 5 million, but the country has had low levels of gun violence. One victim died in hospital.

Over the weekend Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza held vigils to honor the victims of the massacre, in which 49 people were killed.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, today faced court in New Zealand. The courtroom was closed to the public because of the heightened security risk.

In the video live-streamed by Tarrant, a man inside a mosque appears to say: "Welcome brother", as a gunman approaches.

Abdul Aziz, 48, told local media he heard shooting and ran outside the mosque, shouting at the gunman and drawing him away from the building, the Newshub website reported.

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They shared a video message from musicians SOL3MIO, who dedicated a song to "New Zealand, and to family and friends".

The KKW Beauty mogul, who has advocated for prison reform in the U.S.in the past, took to Twitter Saturday morning to compliment New Zealand officials after news broke the country will ban semi-automatic weapons after the deadly attack.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush also said that 36 people are still hospitalized and that two of them are in critical condition. "We are working to have any footage removed", New Zealand police said. But the 87-page document, also posted on social media just before the shooting began, was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim screeds.

Ardern said Saturday that she had met with relatives of the victims and their "key concern" was to have access to their loved ones' remains for burial.

He is one of three people arrested in connection with the shooting; and while the other two remain in custody, their role remains unclear.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed this afternoon that her government will look into changing New Zealand's gun laws, in light of the revelation that the alleged Christchurch gunman's weapons yesterday appeared to have been modified.

She said Mr Trump passed on his condolences, and asked if there was any help the United States could provide.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that at least four Palestinians were among those killed, but acknowledged they could have been counted by Jordan or other countries.