Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

New Zealand terrorist who killed 50 'visited' Britain during 'radicalisation tour'

New Zealand terrorist who killed 50 'visited' Britain during 'radicalisation tour'

Another 50 people were wounded in the shooting sprees, with around 36 still in hospital on Sunday.

"We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement to People.

Abdul Aziz, 48, told media he heard shooting and ran outside the mosque, shouting at the gunman and drawing him away from the building, the Newshub website reported.

"I chased him", Aziz said. "He sat in his vehicle and with the shotgun in my hands, I threw it through his window like an arrow". Rashid's 21-year-old son, Talha, was also killed.

New Zealand Police said death toll has increased to 50. The two mosques were full as the attacks occurred just after Friday prayers had started.

Tarrant was arrested in a auto, which police said was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called. But he said some people frustrated because "they want to get on with their grieving process". Some played guitar, sang and lit candles as darkness fell.

"New Zealand is part of the Commonwealth, an alliance of 53 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire". Christchurch Hospital on Saturday said most of the victims were men aged between 30 and 60, but children and women were also involved. "Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives".

Ardern said victims would be handed over to families from Sunday evening.

Wearing a black scarf, Ardern hugged members of the Muslim community at a refugee center on Saturday, saying she would ensure freedom of religion. Tarrant also appeared to be influenced by Dylann Roof, the young American nationalist who in 2015 killed nine black congregants in a Charleston church.

Most of the victims of the attacks were immigrants from Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan.

A girl walk to lay flowers on a wall at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday, March 17, 2019.

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When asked whether this was a normal response time, Commissioner Bush said it met expectations.

At least 49 people were killed in Friday's attack.

Before Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history took place in 1990 in the small town of Aramoana, where a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor.

Ardern declined to discuss more details until she'd talked to her Cabinet, the group of top lawmakers that guides policies.

She said options and the appropriate timing for national commemorative services were under consideration and would be announced in the days to come.

In the manifesto, which was also posted online, Tarrant described himself as "Just a ordinary White man, 28 years old" who used profits from cryptocurrency trading to finance extensive travels through Europe from 2016-2018.

The shootings have raised new questions about violence being disseminated online.

Facebook, Twitter and Google scrambled to take down the gunman's video, which was widely available on social media for hours after the bloodbath. The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons.

The mosque shooter had held a gun license since 2017 and used two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns, and a lever-action firearm in the attack.

"Now is the time for change", Ardern argued.

Media has reported a rush to buy guns before any ban is brought in. "That obviously leads to an Australian-based investigation and all of our inquiries here will be absolutely shared and communicated with New Zealand authorities".

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