New Zealand pledges reforms as relaxed gun laws scrutinized

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Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, stood silently in the Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea. Flanked by two police officers, he smirked when media persons photographed him during the hearing and was seen making the white power gesture. His next appearance in the South Island city's High Court will take place on April 5. Twelve of them are critical.

"I am proud of the contributions of the MSA, and the entire U of T community, in working to overcome division and hatred, and to foster harmony and mutual respect", he said.

He says many patients will require multiple operations to deal with their complex series of injuries.

Police on Friday stepped up security around mosques across New York State in wake of the mass shootings that killed almost 50 people in New Zealand.

"It's outrageous, the feeling is outrageous", he said. The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan. He said he survived by played dead, but was desperate to know what happened to his friends who were there with him.

The worshippers and their families caught up in the attacks in the normally peaceful city of Christchurch came from around the world.

Mourners write condolence messages in chalk along the footpaths in Christchurch.

"Please pray for me and for my daughter. Our hearts are breaking for your loss", read one of the notes marked with a string of x-kisses.

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Muath said his brother helped establish the mosque a year after arriving in New Zealand, where he teaches engineering at a university and runs a consultancy.

"The offender was in possession of a gun licence" obtained in November 2017, and he started purchasing the weapons the following month, she said.

Two of the guns were semi-automatic weapons and two were shotguns, she said, before telling media members that the attack would have an impact on gun laws in the country.

The suspect documented his radicalisation and two years of preparations in a lengthy, meandering and conspiracy filled far-right "manifesto".

Worshipers ran from gunfire, desperately called police and huddled beneath the benches of two Christchurch mosques before two lightly armed community police officers apparently ran the gunman's vehicle to the side of the road and brought the atrocity to an end after a terrifying 36 minutes.

Meanwhile, outside the court, major roads in the city center are cordoned off with heavy armed police officers on duty.

Two other people remain in custody, although their link to the attack is not clear.

The weapons also appeared to have been modified, Ardern told reporters in Christchurch on Saturday.

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"Kia kaha", people say to each other, which in Māori means "stay strong".

Numerous victims hailed from around the world. People's lives have been changed forever.

"Indonesia strongly condemns this shooting act, especially at a place of worship while a Friday prayer was ongoing", Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a statement. Police said more charges would follow.

Ali Soufan, a former high-ranking Federal Bureau of Investigation counter-terrorism agent, said the threat needs to be treated with the same seriousness as jihadist violence.

Tarrant was not known to the authorities, Bush said, and had no previous convictions.

"There are two ways you can respond to an attack like this - you can respond with fear or you can respond with friendship", he said.

Ardern admitted "the individual charged with murder had not come to the attention of the intelligence community, nor the police, for extremism".

Tarrant has been described as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity. "That work is already underway".

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