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New Zealand Charges Main Shooter in Mosque Attack with Murder

New Zealand Charges Main Shooter in Mosque Attack with Murder

The attacks in two mosques in central Christchurch killed at least 49 people and injured 48 others.

Tarrant was handcuffed and wearing a white prison jumpsuit when he walked into the courtroom. In New Zealand, commentators also anxious that the horror would sow deep divisions in a society that has largely avoided the polarizations that have spread elsewhere.

He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for April 5.

None of those arrested by the police had been on any watchlists of the authorities either in New Zealand or in Australia, Ardern argued.

Muslims were advised to stay away from mosques while the nation's security alert remained at the second-highest level a day after the deadliest shooting in modern New Zealand history.

President Donald Trump broke his silence on the tragedy and sent his condolences to the country, while not mentioning the suspects targeting Muslims or the rise of White Supremacy.

Footage of the attack live streamed on Facebook showed the gunman entering the mosque and shooting randomly at people.

Shortly before the shooting, Grafton allegedly posted links to a manifesto titled "The Great Replacement" declaring his intentions. Roma, African, Indian, Turkish, Semitic or other.

Brenton Tarrant, a self-described fascist, has been charged with murder in the shooting. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

A 24-year-old man from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was arrested on Saturday after posting comments online supporting the slaughter, Greater Manchester Police said.

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A third man has also been charged, but is not believed to have been directly involved in the attacks.

Two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and lever-action gun were used in the attacks.

As Ardern revealed deatails about the suspect's weapons and his background, she promised changes to the country's gun laws.

"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.

Mass shootings and violent crime are rare in New Zealand, a country of almost 5 million people.

A police spokesperson in the Australian state of New South Wales said Tarrant's family have been "assisting and cooperating" with authorities. Two Indians have died in the attacks, a third person is battling for his life, Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party) said.

Despite mentioning Roof, it was Breivik, who her referred to as "Knight Justiciar Breivik", as a person he "took true inspiration from", wrote Tarrant.

"What could be the common goal that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, who says Islam hates us and called Mexicans rapists and criminals, could have with a White nationalist shooter?" Stressing that India strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, PM Modi said, "Hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies".

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the terrible massacre in the Mosques", Trump wrote.

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