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A man suspected of at least one of two mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, made a brief appearance in court on Saturday. The courtroom was closed to the public because of the heightened security risk, New Zealand police said. Flanked by two police officers, he smirked when media persons photographed him during the hearing and was seen making the white power gesture.

He was remanded in custody to reappear in court April 5.

One more person died later at Christchurch Hospital. They included a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, who is in critical condition. "I say to them again stay strong".

The attack, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.

Outside the court, the son of 71-year-old Afghan victim Daoud Nabi demanded justice for his late father, who believed New Zealand to be a "slice of paradise".

"It's outrageous, the feeling is outrageous", he said.

The attack led to an outpouring of grief and shock that a white-supremacist fanatic could carry out a terrorist attack on such a scale in a country widely regarded as one of the world's most peaceful.

Although shops were shuttered and many chose to stay at home, Christchurch residents piled bouquets of flowers at a makeshift memorial near the Al Noor mosque, many accompanied with handwritten letters laden with sadness and disbelief. "Our hearts are breaking for your loss", read one of the notes marked with a string of x-kisses.

Jahangir, his wife, and their two children moved to New Zealand from India, Shaik said.

"The offender was in possession of a gun licence" obtained in November 2017, and he started purchasing the weapons the following month, she said. Later in the day, it emerged that he used five guns in Friday's attack, including two shotguns and two semi-automatic weapons.

It wasn´t until Yama rewatched the gunman´s video of the rampage - which he streamed on Facebook Live - and saw his father lying dead on his back that he realised his father did not escape.

Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, was apprehended 36 minutes after the first call, the prime minister revealed as she praised the two rural community policemen from Lincoln, a small town 22km southwest of Christchurch, who responded to the emergency.

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Meanwhile, outside the court, major roads in the city center are cordoned off with heavy armed police officers on duty.

Police said three people were in custody.

"I hadn't intended for anybody other than the people at Medina Mosque to know about this", Mr Graystone said.

Numerous victims hailed from around the world.

"The people we serve, in every neighborhood, must always be free from fear and have the immutable right to worship and live in peace".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (centre) meets with members of Sydney's Muslim communities in Lakemba.

A counter-terrorism expert has said a military-style assault rifle allegedly used in Friday's Christchurch massacre has never seen before in Australia and New Zealand.

But for how long must non-white victims be the proverbial canary in the coal mine before Western governments commit to a serious interrogation of how Islamophobia and other forms of racism are being perpetuated?

Ali Soufan, a former high-ranking Federal Bureau of Investigation counter-terrorism agent, said the threat needs to be treated with the same seriousness as jihadist violence.

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

Ardern said she had asked authorities to look into whether there was any activity on social media or elsewhere ahead of the attack that should have triggered a response.

Ardern admitted "the individual charged with murder had not come to the attention of the intelligence community, nor the police, for extremism". "That work is already underway".

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