Mosque attack hero 'saved many more lives by grabbing terrorist's gun'

Mosque attack hero 'saved many more lives by grabbing terrorist's gun'

The 28-year-old suspected gunman appeared in court on Saturday and was charged with murder. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

Kai Schwoerer via Getty ImagesNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media on Saturday.

"I want to give assurances that [if it had] provided details that could have been acted upon immediately, it would have been", she said.

The New Zealand premier was showered with huge praises internationally for the gesture, which made it clear that New Zealand stood by the Muslim community that was the centre of Friday's horrifying terror attacks rooted in racial as well as religious hatred.

People hold up signs of support at a vigil in Aotea Square in support of the victims of the Christchurch mosque killings in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Christchurch Hospital Head of Surgery Dr Greg Robertson described how he watched the first victims arrive in private cars, followed by ambulance after ambulance.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush says they are working as quickly as they can, but authorities have to be absolutely clear on the causes of death and confirm identities before they can release bodies.

Friends and family-members of those slain or still missing following Friday's Christchurch mosque massacre are facing an heart-wrenching wait for news.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed her office was one of more than 30 recipients of a so-called manifesto written by the accused Christchurch shooter, sent nine minutes before Friday's mosque attacks. The attack on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques has prompted an outpouring of grief and deep shock in this usually peaceful coun. He was likely to face further charges, police said.

"I still don't know where he is", she said.

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"As Christians we Cook Islanders have come to accept the church as a place of refuge, of safety and of comfort".

A four-year-old girl is among those fighting for their lives after the New Zealand mosque massacre.

Ms Yasmin Ali, a Christchurch resident, told New Zealand's 1 News that she lost a close family friend who she loved like a grandfather and now fears she could be targeted just for wearing her headscarf in public.

The video of Ardern's press conference in Wellington was published online by local broadcaster.

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.

New Zealand has previously tried to change its gun laws, with the most recent attempt coming two years ago. "There were two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns".

The Queen released her own statement about the mass shooting, in addition to the Sussexes and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims.

Mr Bainimarama also said his government will be working closely with authorities in New Zealand to monitor the welfare of Fijians in Christchurch.

The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia extended its "deepest sympathies to the Muslim community as you have once again, been a victim of this senseless act of violence resulting in the loss of life".

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