New Zealand gunman inspired by mass-murderer Anders Breivik

New Zealand gunman inspired by mass-murderer Anders Breivik

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday that weapons used in an attack in Christchurch, NZ appeared to have been modified.

Brenton Tarrant, an Australian-born 28-year-old man who was arrested for the massacres of at least 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15 has been charged with murder.

"There is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others", said the judge, whose name was not reported by the AP.

Two other people were being held in custody and police said they were trying to determine how they might be involved.

"I think we must be clear that the context of the gun laws between New Zealand and Australia are very different", Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. One man tries to greet him calmly, calling out "Hello, brother". Police have not yet described the scale of the shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.

Authorities have not specified who they detained, but said none had been on any watch list.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

Nearby, a heavily armed policewoman tried to explain to two young girls she was holding a rifle to keep them safe, to which one of the girls responded by saying the gunman had used a rifle to kill people. "I mostly agree with Sir Oswald Mosley's views and consider myself an eco-fascist".

He said he chose New Zealand because of its location, to show that even the most remote parts of the world were not free of "mass immigration".

Dr. Sinan Yasalar, media relations director for the Windsor Islamic Association, said the targeted attacks on Muslims in the west have taken their toll on the community.

"I still don't know where he is, " she said.

The Muslim Students' Association has also spoken out about the attack on Facebook.

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"Our other key priority is making sure that those people so horribly affected by these events get the support and welfare that they need", the New Zealand Police said in a statement.

Police increased patrols at London mosques and offered safety advice on Friday over fears of a copycat attack after the white supremacist attack in New Zealand, wich left 49 people dead.

Authorities were working to find out how he had obtained the weapons and a license, and how he was able to enter the country to carry out the attack, she said. "FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi has condemned in the strongest terms the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand".

The Crusaders are the defending champions in Super Rugby, a competition that involves teams from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Japan and Argentina.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating natural disaster in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people.

Mass shootings in New Zealand are rare.

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.

"My daughter rang my mum [and] said Dad didn't make it".

Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay huddled on the floor of the mosque, the video showed.

'No matter how much we've been through we're simply not going to stand for this hatred that's happened yesterday.

Police also arrested a couple at a roadblock.

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

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