Victims rise to 50 in Christchurch mosque attacks, 1 suspect left

Victims rise to 50 in Christchurch mosque attacks, 1 suspect left

Victims rise to 50 in Christchurch mosque attacks, 1 suspect left

Mr Bush revealed on Sunday that a 50th victim had been found, while 50 people had been wounded in the shootings sprees at the the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid six kilometres away during Friday prayers.

Thirty-four people were in Christchurch Hospital, with 12 in intensive care, while one child was moved to a dedicated children's hospital in Auckland.

Church services for victims of the attack were held around the country, including at Christchurch's "Cardboard Cathedral", a temporary structure built after much of the central city was destroyed in a 2011 quake.

Dozens of Muslim supporters gathered at a center set up for victims, families and friends across the road from the hospital, where many had flown in from around New Zealand to offer support.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", said Ardern. He also apparently smirked at photographers, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Tarrant did not have a criminal history and was not on any watchlists in New Zealand or Australia.

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Facebook said it had removed the video following a police alert and blocked the alleged shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts. He said the company condemned "the actions of these frightful persons and their disgusting use of our app for these purposes".

They included Asif Shaikh, 44, who said he was among more than 100 people at the Al Noor mosque when the attacker came in.

On Saturday, the White House said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence spoke with New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on Friday to express condolences for "the despicable terror attacks". He said his mother, who was at the Linwood mosque with his father and brother, saw two people shot.

With steely calm, with inclusive language, seeking to unite rather than divide, she told the world, "To the people who did this: you may have chosen us, but we UTTERLY reject and condemn you".

"We understand these procedures take time".

"Had it provided details that could have been acted on immediately it would have been, but unfortunately there were no such details in the email". He was hoping semi-automatics were not banned, but he and his shooting friends were buying the weapons, which can cost anything from NZ$600 (US$400) upwards.

Ardern has vowed to change the country's gun laws and to uncover how a self-avowed extremist legally purchased two semi-automatic weapons, reportedly AR-15s, two shotguns and a lever-action gun without drawing the attention of the authorities.

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"We can not be deterred from the work that we need to do on our gun laws", Ardern said.

We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.

"There is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others", the presiding judge noted.

Vehicles are prohibited, but people can walk closer to the mosques where the shooting happened on Friday.

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. The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons.

"Fijian hearts are breaking for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand - a place where an atrocity of this nature is shocking nearly beyond comprehension".

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