Suspected white supremacist charged with murder after New Zealand mosque shootings

Chicago Muslim groups step up security after New Zealand mosque attacks

Dressed in a white prison tunic, handcuffed and flanked by two police officers, Tarrant stood passively in the dock.

His court-appointed lawyer made no application for bail or name suppression.

Director-General of the Pacific Community (SPC) Colin Tukuitonga also showed his support for New Zealand and those who lost loved ones. He has been charged with murder, though police said they expect further charges to be laid.

The attack, which Ms Ardern labelled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.

Gray's speculation was backed up by a rambling, hate-filled, manifesto Tarrant posted to social media ahead of the Christchurch killings.

In the 74-page manifesto he left behind, Tarrant talks about an "invasion" from India, along with China and Turkey, and defines the three countries as "potential nation enemies in the East". Roma, African, Indian, Turkish, Semitic or other. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, today faced court in New Zealand.

The third cricket test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, whose team were on a bus approaching one of the mosques with the attack underway, was canceled on Friday.

An Aberdeen man who fled for his life after chaos erupted all around him in the wake of the New Zealand terrorist attack said he fell into a "complete panic" soon after the shooting began. Regardless of whether terrorist attacks are perpetrated by white or Islamist extremists, their narratives must not be enabled through whataboutery.

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Officers arrested two others following the attacks and are now working to establish whether they had any involvement in the terror attacks against the Muslim community in New Zealand. Police say that this person was a member of the public armed with a gun with the intention of assisting officers.

Ardern said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who bought the five guns used in the crimes legally. Authorities were working to find out how he had obtained the weapons and a license, and how he was able to enter the country to carry out the attack, she said.

Ardern said the investigation was ongoing but authorities believed there was only "one primary perpetrator".

Twenty more people were critically injured in the atrocity, the deadliest in New Zealand's history in which a white supremacist embarked on a gun rampage which was broadcast to the world.

Hungry for any news, families and friends of the victims gathered at the city's Hagley College, near the hospital. Thirty- six people were still being treated on Saturday, 11 of whom remained in intensive care. Ardern said she had spoken to Trump, who had asked how he could help.

Pacific Islands Forum Chair and president of Nauru Baron Waqa expressed his "deepest condolences" to the people and government of New Zealand on what he called a sad day for Christchurch and a sad day for the region.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks with a woman during a visit to the Canterbury Refugee Center in Christchurch, March 16, 2019.

"Indonesia strongly condemns this shooting act, especially at a place of worship while a Friday prayer was ongoing", Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a statement.

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