Ardern said 30 people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, the city's main mosque, and another 10 at a mosque in the suburb of Linwood. "We understand that at times like this, families come first".
"You may have chosen us", Ardern said, addressing the suspect.
Rules in New Zealand require gun owners to be licensed, but unlike neighboring Australia, laws do not require all weapons to be registered, giving authorities poor oversight of the country's firearms, according to GunPolicy.org. I can only imagine now how New Zealanders are feeling. We mourn the heartbreaking killings of men, women and children gathered for prayer in their houses of worship and urge leaders in our nation and worldwide to speak out forcefully against the growing anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that appears to have motivated these white supremacist terrorists.
Ms Ardern spoke with victims of the sickening terror attack.
Nine people from India or of Indian origin have gone missing, the Indian envoy in New Zealand has said.
A story of true heroism is emerging from the horrific terror attacks on innocent Muslims in New Zealand.
At first, Mr Taylor and his colleagues had no idea what was happening, initially believing the alarms, sirens and general panic sweeping through the New Zealand city were signs of another quake, similar to the 6.2-level seismic disaster that destroyed massive swathes of the city in 2011. "The NYPD sees no New York City connection to the tragedy in New Zealand at this time, but we nevertheless stand prepared to protect the people in all of our communities", NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill added. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. It was a place where many came to for their safety. For many, this may not have been the place they were born.
New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the gunman meant to continue his attack if he hadn't been stopped.
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He said his government expressed compassion and solidarity over this "despicable act affecting our neighbours".
"In these times of mourning and recollection, our common values, that of a Polynesian world that lives in fraternity and respect for everyone, will help us overcome this bad ordeal".
"Somewhere along the lines, experiences or a group have got a hold of him", she said. None of them had been on any security watch lists prior to the attack, officials said. "Report any suspicious activities to security staff or the police and help your fellow brothers and sisters". Photo: Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. It's about life, it's about respect; it's about family and community.
"Any loss of life at the hands of extremists regardless of religion, race or colour should be condemned in the strongest of terms".
Thirty nine people remain in hospital, 11 of whom are in critical condition in an intensive care unit.
"We we are sending out Pacific music of healing and hope for our Muslim communities in Aotearoa".
"While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters on Saturday.