What we know so far about the Christchurch mosque attack suspect

What we know so far about the Christchurch mosque attack suspect

At least 49 people were killed and 48 injured during shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

"The offender was in possession of a gun licence".

Ardern also said it was believed the weapons used in the attack had been modified and that loopholes that allow such modifications would be closed in proposed gun reforms to be discussed by cabinet on Monday.

Bulgaria's chief prosecutor said his country launched a probe on Friday into a November 2018 visit by the suspect.

The man said he was in the mosque when the gunman opened fire.

On Saturday, outside one of the two mosques, 32-year-old Ash Mohammed pushed through police barricades in hopes of finding out what happened to his father and two brothers, whose cellphones rang unanswered.

Although shops were shuttered and many chose to stay at home, Christchurch residents piled bouquets of flowers at a makeshift memorial near the Al Noor mosque, many accompanied with handwritten letters laden with sadness and disbelief.

The deadliest attack occurred at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at about 1:45 p.m., when 41 people were killed.

But that visit, and the kindness of his hosts, did not deter Tarrant from his homicidal plans, which he said he had been formulating for two years - but had not originally meant to act on in New Zealand.

New Zealand's gun laws are rather lenient at the moment, as anyone over the age of 16 or 18 with a gun license can purchase an unlimited number of "military-style semiautomatic weapons", and most of those guns do not need to be registered.

At first, Mr Taylor and his colleagues had no idea what was happening, initially believing the alarms, sirens and general panic sweeping through the New Zealand city were signs of another quake, similar to the 6.2-level seismic disaster that destroyed massive swathes of the city in 2011.

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The family had fled the civil war in Syria in search of "a safe haven, only to be killed here", he said.

Mohan Ilbrahim, a worshipper who witnessed one of the attacks inside a mosque told NBC's Today Show when he first heard the sound of the shots he thought it was "an electric short circuit" but soon realised it was a shooting after the windows began smashing.

The rambling manifesto is filled with confusing and seemingly contradictory assertions about his beliefs. He said one was slightly injured. In fact, for many, New Zealand was a choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to, the place they were raising their families, where they were part of communities they loved and who loved them.

In a tweet, Owens responded by saying that if the media portrayed her as the inspiration for the attack, it had better hire lawyers.

And at a news conference later on Friday, according to a pool report, one reporter asked the president if he saw a rise in white nationalism around the world. Sure. As a policy maker and leader?

"Everyone laid down on the floor, and some women started crying, some people died immediately", he said. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said.

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The suspected gunman rambled on about the supposed aims for the attack, which included reducing immigration by intimidating immigrants and driving a wedge between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Turkish people.

A young boy, aged about 7, was also killed, he said.

"Call this hatred out".

Tarrant, who police say carried out at least one of the shootings, posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself by name and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. "To see so many innocent lives taken so callously and cruelly in this place of sanctuary is totally unacceptable".

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