New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern said it was “one of New Zealand’s darkest days” and called the shootings a terrorist attacks.
A 28-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murder after a terror attack at two mosques which killed 49 people in Christchurch, New Zealand.He appeared in white prison clothing, with manacled hands, and barefoot.He smirked when media photographed him in the dock where he was flanked by two police officers.He appeared to be making a gesture with his hands which is said to be a “white power” sign.
Tarrant is accused of murdering a man, whose name was suppressed by Judge Paul Kellar on the grounds of undue hardship to his family in Christchurch yesterday.He was remanded in custody without plea to the High Court in Christchurch until 5 April.Tarrant is accused of murdering a man, whose name was suppressed by Judge Paul Kellar on the grounds of undue hardship to his family in Christchurch yesterday.
He was remanded in custody without plea to the High Court in Christchurch until 5 April.
The mayor of Christchurch in New Zealand says the shootings at two mosques in which at least 49 people died were an “act of cowardice” and the attacker came with “hate in his heart”.Mayor Lianne Dalziel said: “He did not develop his hatred here. He came here to perform this act of terrorism.”The mayor added: “At this time there will be a grief stricken city, but we will come back from this and continue our path of welcoming people of all nations, from all religions from all cultures to our city.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was “one of New Zealand’s darkest days” calling the shootings a terrorist attack and promised that New Zealand’s gun laws would be changed.There were 36 people in hospital on Saturday, 11 of them in intensive care, according to Christchurch Hospital’s chief of surgery Greg Robertson.
The shootings happened at the al Noor mosque in central Christchurch and then the nearby Linwood mosque.Three other people – two men and a woman – were also arrested after the attacks.
The public were being urged to stay indoors, and worshippers were being told to stay away from mosques until further notice.Mr Bush also said a number of improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles in Christchurch have been made safe.
One man who was inside the al Noor mosque – the scene of the deadliest shooting – told local media that there would normally be dozens of people worshipping inside.