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New Zealand PM Vows to Change Gun Legislation After Christchurch Mosque Massacre

17 Марта 2019

At least 49 people were killed and 48 others injured in the terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

"As of last night, we were able to take all of the victims from both of those scenes and in doing so, we have located a further victim", NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters on Sunday.

A day after he gunned down 49 people who were attending Friday prayers in two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand, the main suspect Brenton Harrison Tarrant was charged with one count of murder Saturday.

The terrorist who led an attack in which 50 people were gunned down in two mosques is believed to have travelled to Britain on a two-month tour of Europe which galvinised his extremism, the Telegraph can reveal.

A total of four people were arrested following the massacre - one of whom was in possession of a firearm but with the intention of assisting police, and was released a short time later.

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

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Australian police say the family of Tarrant is helping their investigation.

Ardern, who described the atrocity as a "terrorist attack" and "one of New Zealand's darkest days", vowed to impose stricter gun laws.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, after meeting families of Christchurch terror attacks' victims, says the country stands united and grief and that their gun laws will change in the aftermath of the attack on Christchurch mosques.

"If this evil thinks we will stop going to our mosque here or stop doing our worship to our god, Allah, we can not ever stop", Linwood mosque Imam Ibrahim Abdelhalim said.

Outside one of the two mosques, 32-year-old Ash Mohammed pushed through police barricades in hopes of finding out what happened to his father and two brothers, whose cellphones rang unanswered.

Jacinda Ardern reiterated to the public on Saturday morning that the country's gun law will be changed.

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"I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today", she said.

Tarrant didn't appear on any government security watch-list, nor did he have a criminal record in New Zealand.

The Canterbury cricket team, one of six first-class sides in New Zealand's domestic Plunket Shield competition, also chose not to play their final round match in Wellington, which handed the title to Central Districts.

Images captured by media outlets during that court appearance are being published blurred or pixellated due to an order from the judge who presided over Tarrant's hearing, The New Zealand Herald reports.

Ardern said she had asked authorities to look into whether there was any activity on social media or elsewhere ahead of the attack that should have triggered a response.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after an natural disaster in 2011 killed nearly 200 people. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.

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Ardern added that the gunman reportedly had five firearms on him when he carried out the assault - two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm. "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. Tarrant had a category-A gun license which meant he could legally buy the weapons he used, although there are suggestions the guns were altered to make them more lethal, Ardern told reporters.

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New Zealand PM Vows to Change Gun Legislation After Christchurch Mosque Massacre