In it, he identified himself as Tarrant and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday wrote to his New Zealand counterpart expressing his deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.
Wearing a black scarf, Ardern hugged members of the Muslim community at a Christchurch refugee centre, saying she would ensure freedom of religion in New Zealand.
People have also been laying flowers outside of mosques in other parts of New Zealand in solidarity with the victims and their famlies. Thirty-six of those remain in Christchurch hospital, where they are being treated with the utmost care and professionalism by medical staff. "Our investigations are in their early stages and we will be looking closely to build a picture of any of the individuals involved and all of their activities prior to this horrific event", Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
Like most developed countries, New Zealand has far stricter gun laws than the United States, where more than 50 shootings involving more than one victim have already taken place this year.
At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques during midday prayers on Friday and dozens more were wounded, some critically.
Facebook said it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced" after being alerted by police.
He said they were praying "to our God of all peoples and of all cultures for peace, tolerance and good will". - AP Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.
Police say the number of people dead in the mass shooting that occurred at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand has risen to 50.
The victims of Friday's shooting included immigrants from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
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"By the time we were advised of that email, the attack had taken place".
National carrier Air New Zealand said Lilik Abdul Hamid, an aircraft maintenance engineer, was in killed at the Al Noor mosque.
Tarrant, who was not granted name suppression, smirked to the camera of the media dock and frequently scanned the court room which was closed to the public.
The video of Ardern's press conference in Wellington was published online by local broadcaster.
Brenton Tarrant used two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm in the attack. She did not offer too much detail, but said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be looked at.
When asked what he thought of the prime minister suggesting there should be a change in New Zealand's gun laws, the police commissioner said he was "happy to hear" that.
Another 50 people were injured in the shootings.
Tarrant was not known to the authorities, Bush said, and had no previous convictions.
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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