Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

When asked why her office did not immediately send the email directly to police, Ms Ardern said there was a specific policy in place that ensures such emails "always go immediately to parliamentary security".

"It did not include a location".

"This was received by over 30 recipients nine minutes before guns were fired".

"We did as much as we could to remove, or seek to have removed, some of the footage that was being circulated in the aftermath of this terrorist attack", Ardern said.

In emotional scenes, Ardern earlier met mourning members of the Muslim community in Wellington.

People gather at a vigil to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, at Washington Square Park in Manhattan, in New York City, New York, U.S. March 15, 2019.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said that gun laws will be reformed after the attacks, as legislation allowed the suspect the legally obtain a semi-automatic weapon.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed the suspect was involved in both shootings but stopped short of saying he was the sole gunman. Of those injured, 36 people are hospitalized, with two in critical condition.

All injured are undergoing treatment at Christchurch Hospital.

"We do see gunshot wounds". Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said.

Following the horrendous massacre, a 28-year-old Australian man, Brenton Tarrant, has been charged with murder. He will be in custody until April 5, according to the High Court in Christchurch.

The gunman had posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself as an Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

Bodies of the victims have not yet been released to families because police are still working to determine cause of death for each victim.

However, because none of the bodies have been returned to the victims' families because of the investigation, many having been unable to bury their dead within the 24 hours customary in Islam. "But we are so aware of the cultural and religious needs, so we are doing that as quickly and sensitively as possible", Bush said. He killed 41 people at Al Noor, before killing seven at another mosque nearby.

"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ardern told reporters in Christchurch on Saturday.

"Those two police officers acted with absolute courage", Bush said.

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 natural disaster.

"This is not New Zealand", she told a group at the city's refugee centre. More people were killed in an attack on a second mosque a short time later.

Separate "endorsements" are required to own semi-automatic weapons, as well as pistols and other restricted weapons but police and firearms experts have pointed to several loopholes.

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