That number has grown consistently throughout the years, with New Zealand reporting only 1.3 million such firms in 2016, 1.2 million in 2009 and less than a million in 2005. He has been charged with one count of murder.
By the time the rampage was over, the gunman had killed 41 people.
Prime Minister Ardern called the shooting a "terrorist attack", and authorities advised all mosques in Christchurch to shut down until further notice.
"My dad is a real hero", Sami's daughter, Heba, told Gulf News on Friday. In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded.
Although shops were shuttered and many chose to stay at home Saturday, bouquets of flowers piled up at a makeshift memorial near the Al Noor mosque, many accompanied with handwritten letters laden with sadness and disbelief. He spoke with CBC Friday morning.
Two Indonesians, a father and son, were also among those shot and wounded, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said.
New Zealand is generally considered to be a welcoming country for migrants and refugees. (God is Greatest) after Friday prayers. "Some people think the Muslims in their country are part of that, but these are innocent people".
The alleged gunman reportedly streamed 17 minutes of the attack on Facebook. Two mosques were targeted in the attack. One man tries to greet him calmly, calling out "Hello, brother". He walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground.
A video that was apparently livestreamed by the shooter shows the attack in horrifying detail. "One leg of an injured [person] needed to be amputated while another suffered bullet injuries in his chest", he said.
Tarrant, who police say carried out at least one of the shootings, posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself by name and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.
Beyond his white nationalistic views, he claimed to be an environmentalist and said he is a fascist who believes China is the nation that most aligns with his political and social values. "He is traumatized, but we are all alive". Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald that he heard about five gunshots and that a worshipper returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.
"Our investigations are in their early stages and we will be looking closely to build a picture of any of the individuals involved and all of their activities prior to this horrific event", Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
"Now is the time for change", said the Prime Minister. "It is beyond belief that something like this should happen in our city and in New Zealand".
"We are neighbours in our communities wherever we live here in Saskatchewan and let's treat one another with precisely the respect that we expect to be treated by them".
"People started to pass by us with blood stains on their clothes, they were very scared and their voices were trembling, some people could not even speak", restaurant manager Prakash Sapkota, who was near the mosques, told Euronews. "Call it out in our communities, in our societies, in our families, in our friendships, in our workplaces", said Hussen.
The family had fled the civil war in Syria in search of "a safe haven, only to be killed here", he said.
The attack was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.
"I saw dead people everywhere". "I convey the message of love and support on behalf of New Zealand to all of you", she said.
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