New Zealand shooting: Christchurch mosque terror attack suspect 'acted alone'

New Zealand shooting: Christchurch mosque terror attack suspect 'acted alone'

New Zealand Prime Minsiter Jacinda Ardern said during a visit to Christchurch, NZ on Saturday that the main suspect in the shootings at two mosques in the city had meant to "continue his attack".

Meanwhile, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the suspect held a Category A gun licence which enabled him to legally obtain semi-automatic weapons. Officials say forty-one people died at the Al Noor Mosque, and seven were killed at the Linwood Mosque, a 10-minute drive away. One person died in hospital.

The death toll from Friday's massacre in the South Island city of Christchurch has risen to 50 after another victim was located at one of the crime scenes, police said on Sunday.

A heavy police presence was seen, as 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant faced a Christchurch district judge Friday.

At a Sunday news conference, Arden used some of her strongest language yet about gun control, saying that laws need to change and "they will change".

Moreover, the person charged with murder had not been "on the radar" of the intelligence community for extremism, the prime minister explained. Two other men remain in custody, although their link to the attack is unknown.

She asserted that New Zealand "will not and can not be shaken" by this attack.

Her father, who was also shot, recently emigrated to New Zealand from Jordan and had just set up a barbershop - Wass Barber - in the suburb of Richmond.

New Zealand has in the past tried to tighten firearm laws, but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied such efforts.

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The Pacific has reacted with sadness and shown solidarity for New Zealand after at least 49 people were killed in shootings at two Christchurch mosques yesterday.

"I'm advised that there were five guns used by the primary perpetrator..."

"The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch".

"Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them", Mazharuddin told Sky. "Why not release those who have been identified?" he said.

Kensington Palace has released a statement on behalf of Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton in response to the New Zealand terror attack. But already, the stories of victims from across the Muslim world came into focus. "We are filled with grief over this senseless act of hate".

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".

Dr Faisal, in a Twitter post, had said that Rashid and his son would be buried in Christchurch for which arrangements had been made with the assistance of Muslim and Pakistani associations in the city.

Pence also affirmed US cooperation in ensuring all the perpetrators were brought to justice.

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