New Zealand terrorist who killed 50 'visited' Britain during 'radicalisation tour'

Nellie Chapman
March 17, 2019

The New Zealand Herald obtained additional footage showing three police officers standing over the 28-year-old suspect, who is then dragged down the sidewalk to a police vehicle, his hands cuffed behind his back.

The President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch sent a message of support to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, following the attack in Christchurch.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran had condemned the terrorist attack on the two mosques in Christchurch and said that terrorism does not have a religion.

Australian police say the family of Tarrant is helping their investigation. Witnesses said victims were shot at close range.

"It is the expectation that all bodies will be returned to families by Wednesday", she told reporters, adding that six disaster recognition experts from Australia were helping out with the identification process.

Huge piles of flowers were laid at sites near the mosques and passersby of all faiths stopped to pay respects.

It was "reasonable to assume" Tarrant would face further murder charges, Judge Kellar said.

According to reports, Aziz grabbed a credit card machine from inside the mosque, and chased the gunman back to his vehicle.

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.

A stream of victims' friends and relatives entered, one woman carrying sandwiches and falafel. "Just helping people is his main thing. It's just comprehending what is the incomprehensible".

He confirmed all victims were connected with the mosques. "My nephew was a student", he said.

"He was studying to be a pilot and we saw him for morning classes".

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"They are not telling us anything", Mr Bhuiyan's friend Kaniz Fatima told AFP, adding that the 30-year-old's name was not on a preliminary list of victims given to families late on Saturday.

The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan. That brings the number of Pakistanis killed to nine.

Questions have been raised about why Tarrant had appeared on a watchlist of New Zealand or Australian security agencies.

"The fact that there was an ideological manifesto with extreme views attached to this attack, of course, that is deeply disturbing", she said.

"I'm so proud of what they've done", he said.

The Pacific Music Awards organisation in New Zealand also expressed its shock and solidarity over the shootings.

When asked if Facebook should stop live-streaming, Ms Ardern said: "Certainly, I have had contact from Sheryl Sandberg".

Ardern said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who allegedly used five weapons, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, which had been modified.

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".

Unlike the US, the right to own a firearm is not enshrined in New Zealand's constitution.

Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country where levels of gun violence are low.

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