Student pilot, takeaway store owner among victims of NZ mosque shootings

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a "small number" of bodies would be returned to families from Sunday evening.

Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch. The attack on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques has prompted an outpouring of grief and deep shock in this usually peaceful coun.

The death toll in the New Zealand mosque shootings rose to 50 after police found another body in one of the mosques.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police were working with pathologists and coroners to release the bodies as soon as they could.

"Our sole focus is to get their loved ones back and to follow the cultural traditions such as the washing and shrouding of their loved ones, and we have made premises available to carry out these sensitive cultural issues", he said. "So we are doing that as quickly and as sensitively as possible".

Some families and friends of the missing continued to wait for information about their loved ones as night fell on Saturday local time and a tight-knit community of Muslims mourned alongside the country and the world.

On a gloomy, grey Sunday at Gun City in Christchurch business is booming, with the large, warehouse-style shop humming with more than two dozen customers.

They included Asif Shaikh, 44, who said he was among more than 100 people at the Al Noor mosque when the attacker came in.

Kuwait-born Atta Elayyan, a 33-year-old tech industry professional, who has recently become a father is also among the dead. All injured are undergoing treatment at Christchurch Hospital.

"We do see gunshot wounds".

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The 28-year-old Australian man accused of yesterday's terror attack that left at least 49 people dead in Christchurch has appeared in court this morning, charged with murder. The fourth person, arrested by law enforcement, was a member of the public member in possession of a firearm, who wanted to assist the police, according to Ardern.

He confirmed all victims were connected with the mosques.

"It's hard to be conclusive, but my understanding is that even those that were killed outside that mosque were visiting the mosque". "It's going to be a criminal charge against the guy who's done this, so they need to be pretty thorough", he said.

Police said the suspect took seven minutes to travel to the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven people were killed.

Ms Ardern said he was being held in a specialist security facility.

"This is not New Zealand", she told a group at the city's refugee centre. "New Zealand is home for all of us, and this despicable act will not change that feeling of closeness in us".

Tarrant has been remanded in custody until April 5, when he will appear again before the High Court in Christchurch.

"This is one of New Zealand's darkest days", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had said.

Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a "manifesto" denouncing immigrants as "invaders" was also posted online via links to related social media accounts.

Tarrant, of New South Wales, obtained a gun license in November 2017 and started buying the weapons he used Friday about a month later, Ardern said. The PM has also called a crucial cabinet meet on Monday.

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