New Zealand mass shooting suspect remanded until April 5

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The Australian gunman, who killed 49 and wounded dozens more at two mosques in Christchurch, posted on fringe message board 8chan before launching his attack.

New Zealand's prime minister vowed to toughen the country's gun laws after revealing Saturday that the man accused of murdering 49 people in two mosques legally purchased the arsenal of firearms used in the massacre.

The prime minister said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and acknowledged many of those affected may be migrants and refugees.

In a brief statement on Twitter this morning, the prime minister said Canadians join New Zealanders and Muslim communities around the world in grieving. And our thoughts and prayers are with the people of New Zealand, with the families and friends of those who have died in these attacks and with all those who have been injured.

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Mass shootings are very rare in New Zealand, which tightened its gun laws to restrict access to semi-automatic rifles in 1992, two years after a mentally ill man shot dead 13 people in the South Island town of Aramoana.

CNN cites a 2015 study that reported New Zealand had an adjusted rate of about 1 gun death per 100,000 people, while in 2017, the United States has an adjusted rate of 12 gun deaths per 100,000 people.

One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white, blond and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest.

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team, now on tour in New Zealand, said on social media that they had almost been caught up in the tragedy. The gunman in question demonstrated ties to numerous extreme-right ideologies and individuals in his manifesto and livestream of the attack, during which he mentioned the YouTuber.

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In tweets and a Facebook post late Thursday evening, Scheer condemned an attack on freedom and "peaceful worshippers" but did not make note of the fact the worshippers were Muslims.

"Personally, I would be surprised if the New Zealand Parliament didn't accept that challenge head-on to strengthen the law". The New Zealand-Bangladesh third Test match set to be played in Christchurch was cancelled.

A witness described the sound of gunfire breaking out just as the prayer leader began his sermon at a mosque.

He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door. "So we must face that hate and terror with love and compassion and not only should Muslims be going to jumah today, everyone should join them in solidarity". It has been rebuilding since an natural disaster in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed many downtown buildings.

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Christchurch was the home of these victims.

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