New Zealand shooting suspect Brenton Tarrant charged with murder in Christchurch court

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

People have also been laying flowers outside of mosques in other parts of New Zealand in solidarity with the victims and their famlies.

A story of true heroism is emerging from the horrific terror attacks on innocent Muslims in New Zealand.

His father Mohammed Elayyan, wounded in the attack, co-founded one of the mosques in 1993.

Muath Elayyan, Mohammed's brother, told the Associated Press his brother helped establish the mosque a year after arriving in New Zealand, where he teaches engineering at a university and runs a consultancy.

"As a Member of our Pacific community, we stand with you shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart in this hard time coming to grips with what has happened". "He enjoyed freedom there and never complained about anything", Muath said.

"For them to come to what they thought was a safe country and end up facing a shocking incident like this is really sad to hear", says Mark Greenhill, news director for New Zealand's news website Stuff. One person died in hospital.

A heavy police presence was seen, as 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant faced a Christchurch district judge Friday.

Following Friday's shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed to change the country's gun laws, though she didn't immediately specify how.

The massacre was described as an "act of terror brought to our shores and rained down upon us" by New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern, as the Australian gunman fronted court over the attack.

"The terrorist attack appeared to have been carried out by a white nationalist who posted a racist manifesto online and streamed live video of the killings on Facebook", reports The New York Times. He's accused of a shooting rampage Friday at two mosques in Christchurch that injured 48 people in addition to the dozens killed.

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.

She said her government was working with consular officials from countries including "Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia", to deal with the aftermath of the attack that killed 49 people.

Kim Kardashian applauded New Zealand's lawmakers for proposing to change the country's gun laws following the mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead. 39 remain in the hospital, 11 of whom are in the ICU, Ardern said.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.

He is one of three people arrested in connection with the shooting; and while the other two remain in custody, their role remains unclear.

Mr Bush, who had earlier called the attack a "very well-planned event", said the suspect was not known to police either in New Zealand or Australia. A woman apprehended at the scene was released without charge. "I am very sorry to miss your calls and text messages.I am really tired.please pray for my son, me and my daughter.I am just posting this video to show you that I am fully ok", said Wasseim Alsati, who was reportedly shot three times.

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