Brenton Tarrant charged with murder after New Zealand mosque shootings

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A suspect in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday appeared in court on Saturday and was charged with murder.

"Today we stand with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand".

Moreover, the outlet published a picture of him, wearing a prison robe and cuffs, and flanked by security guards.

The Christchurch suspect's manifesto also used various hate symbols associated with the Nazis and white supremacy. A male in his late 20s has been charged with murder, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the terror attack was "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

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

Jordan's state-run Petra news reported that two Jordanians were killed in the attack, and Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted that four Pakistanis were wounded and five others missing Friday. "Many of the people require multiple trips to the theatre to deal with the complex series of injuries they have".

A fourth person arrested on Friday was a member of the public who was in possession of a firearm, but with the intention of assisting police, she said. He got through to ambulance and told them: "There's a big massacre, please send help and call the police because they're continuously shooting".

The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines.

Though he claimed not to covet fame, the man whose name was not immediately released by police left behind a 74-page document posted on social media under the name Brenton Tarrant in which he said he hoped to survive the attack to better spread his views in the media.

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand Saturday

Twelve operating theatres worked through the night on the more than 40 people wounded, said hospital authorities.

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

A host of world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and other Islamic leaders pointed to the bloodbath and other such attacks as evidence of rising hostility toward Muslims since 9-11.

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.

National carrier Air New Zealand canceled at least 17 flights in and out of Christchurch, saying it couldn't properly screen customers and their baggage following the shootings.

I have spoken this evening to the mayor of Christchurch and I intend to speak this evening to the Imam.

They targeted Muslims specifically. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos. Bolton said the in touch with New Zealand officials to offer assistance.

The European Commission said the "senseless act of brutality on innocent people in their place of worship could not be more opposite to the values and the culture of peace and unity that the European Union shares with New Zealand".

While the majority of social media reactions have focused on British newspapers, Australian tabloids were also criticised for their coverage.

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