Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

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The man facing murder charges was an Australian citizen who had spent a lot of time travelling overseas and spent time only sporadically in New Zealand, Ardern said.

During the Saturday morning hearing, a man who was not in court was charged with using writings to incite hatred against a race or ethnicity, but it was not clear if his case was related to the mosque attacks.

"Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them", Mazharuddin told Sky.

Brenton Tarrant, formerly of Grafton, was led into the court barefoot in a prison robe and handcuffs, and was not required to speak during his brief three-minute appearance.

On Friday, shortly after the attack, India's High Commissioner in New Zealand Sanjiv Kohli had tweeted that "there are 9 missing persons of Indian nationality/origin".

Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old terrorist of Scottish descent, wrote in his 74-page-long "manifesto" that he sees Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common objective".

Some mourners hugged their neighbours, while others stood in solemn silence at sites in the city centre, not far from the two mosques where Muslims gathered for Friday prayers were mowed down by a racist gunman. He attended a local gym and was a member of the Bruce Rifle Club in the south Otago town of Milton, New Zealand media outlet Stuff reported.

He appeared to have live-streamed the terror attack in Christchurch and outlined his anti-immigrant motives in a manifesto posted online.

Two more people, whose identity remains unknown as yet, were also arrested.

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None of those arrested by the police had been on any watchlists of the authorities either in New Zealand or in Australia, Ardern argued.

On Friday, Ardern characterized the incident as a terrorist act.

Families of victims described a long first night of waiting for information at Christchurch Hospital and Hagley College, where a community center has been set up. "There are obviously questions being asked of how this person was able to enter the country and undertake this act of terror", the premier said.

"Fijian hearts are breaking for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand - a place where an atrocity of this nature is shocking nearly beyond comprehension". People hold up signs of support at a vigil in Aotea Square in support of the victims of the Christchurch mosque killings in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

She said the main perpetrator used five weapons during his rampage, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, which he was legally licensed to own. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country where levels of gun violence are low.

"When people, of course, hear that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that", Ms Ardern said.

In a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump yesterday, Ms Ardern said the best help he could provide in the wake of the Christchurch attack would be sympathy and love for Muslim communities.

Another of Daoud's sons, Yama, was on the way to the mosque - to make up with his father after a small falling out - when he bumped into a friend outside who told him "your father saved my life". Mr Bush said the woman had been released without charge.

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