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Rural Cops Brought Down Christchurch Massacre Suspect

16 March 2019

The gunman behind the massacre of 49 people in two New Zealand mosques flashed a white power sign during a brief court appearance Saturday, but he was not on any terrorist watch-list and appeared to have no criminal history.

Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian citizen, appeared in a Christchurch District Court Saturday. "There is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others", said Judge Paul Kellar.

Police increased patrols at London mosques and offered safety advice on Friday over fears of a copycat attack after the white supremacist attack in New Zealand, wich left 49 people dead.

Mosques across Victoria have planned a community open day for this Sunday and were keen for them to go ahead, Steendam said while asking people to go and support the Muslim communities, and maintaining vigilance.

The Bulgarian government has also said it was looking into Tarrant, who apparently visited the country late a year ago, as well as having earlier travelled to other parts of the Balkans - including Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Local Muslims attend Friday prayers at the Windsor Mosque.

"This is not the New Zealand they know".

Tarrant's sickening film showed casualties crawling across the bloody floor of the Al Noor mosque as the terror suspect unloaded rounds into them.

48 people were injured in the terrorist attack that was carried out during Friday prayers at Al Noor Masjid and a smaller mosque in Linwood.

"This is, we believe, the first time that has ever happened in New Zealand", he said.

The country's deadliest terror attack forced the cancellation of the third and final Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, whose players had a close shave.

The attack sent shockwaves through New Zealand, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to promise to change gun laws.

"We fully respect their decision, and I am incredibly proud of how they conducted themselves throughout this process".

A fourth person was arrested yesterday in the wake of the shootings, but has been released without charge.

The shooting, which took place at two mosques in Christchurch, has been called a "terrorist" act by the prime minister.

Wearing a black scarf over her head, Ardern hugged members of the Muslim community at a Christchurch refugee centre, saying she would ensure freedom on religion in New Zealand.

Ms Ardern has vowed to change New Zealand's gun laws after confirming Tarrant had obtained a Category A gun licence in November 2017 and "under that, he was able to acquire the guns that he held".

Roberson said a 4-year-old girl who has been transferred to an Auckland hospital in critical condition and 11 patients who remain in Christchurch are also critically wounded.

In a brief biographical sketch included in his manifesto, Tarrant describes himself as "just a ordinary white man. born in Australia to a working class, low income family".

New Zealand, with a population of five million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.

Indian media reports, however, said at least one Indian was killed in the massacre that shook New Zealand. Neighbouring Australia has virtually banned semi-automatic rifles from private ownership since a lone gunman killed 35 people with assault rifles in 1996.

Rural Cops Brought Down Christchurch Massacre Suspect