NZ mosque shootings toll rises to 50, authorities to begin releasing bodies

50 people in two Christchurch mosques were killed

50 people in two Christchurch mosques were killed

Australian Brenton Tarrant is a 28-year-old body builder and personal trainer from the small town of Grafton in northern New South Wales.

Just one day after the deadly attacks that claimed the lives of 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country's prime minister has declared that the government will be working toward gun law changes immediately. I also want to say that the number of injured is also 50.

They included Asif Shaikh, 44, who said he was among more than 100 people at the Al Noor mosque when the attacker came in. Dozens more were taken to hospital, with about 48 discharged since the shootings. Tarrant, charged with one count of murder, will remain in custody until his next court appearance on April 5.

Khokhur, 58, and husband Mehaboobbhai Khokhur, 65, had traveled from India to spend time with their son Imran, their first visit in the eight years since he moved to New Zealand.

Her father Waseem, 33, the brother of Mr Daraghmeh, is said to be in a stable condition.

Police urged all mosques across New Zealand to stay closed over the weekend for security reasons.

The video of Ardern's press conference in Wellington was published online by local broadcaster. While interpretation of Islamic law regarding burials varies, burying a person as soon as possible after death is a fundamental principal of Islam, usually no more than 24 hours later.

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New Zealand has in the past tried to tighten firearm laws, but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied such efforts. Tarrant did not apply for bail, and per ABC News reports, did not apply to have his name suppressed. He used five guns in the attacks and had a gun license allowing him to legally purchase all of his weapons.

The video showed the killer was carrying a shotgun and two fully automatic military assault rifles, with an extra magazine taped to one of the weapons so that he could reload quickly.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters on Saturday, saying a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

Vehicles are prohibited, but people can walk closer to the mosques where the shooting happened on Friday.

The Pacific Islands Association of non-governmental Organisations (PIANGO) also expressed its "heartfelt grief and sorrow" over the attacks.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised in the accused gunman's manifesto as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

Tarrant stated that hat he was "from a regular family" and that he "decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people", the alleged terrorist wrote of his background. "My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities", she said she told him. "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. "These acts of hate have no place in the diverse and tolerant society for which New Zealand is justly known", the White House statement said.

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