The white supremacist who slaughtered 49 worshipers in two New Zealand mosques was armed to kill even more when police arrested him Friday, officials said.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vows to change gun laws as soon as possible in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she expects formal recognition for the two rural community cops who apprehended alleged mosque murderer Brenton Tarrant.
The Christchurch, NZ shootings left 49 dead and dozens more injured in what was by far the deadliest shooting in modern New Zealand history.
Forty-nine people have been confirmed dead in the terrorist attack, and 39 people remain in hospital, 11 in intensive care.
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"As soon as New Zealanders hear that someone was legally able to acquire, as I'm advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun laws, and that is why we will respond swiftly", Ardern said of the situation at her press conference.
She said the man was arrested by two "rural community cops" 36 minutes after the first emergency call was made on Friday and was still an active shooter.
Police said two other people were in custody.
The massacre was described as an "act of terror brought to our shores and rained down upon us" by New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern, as the Australian gunman fronted court over the attack.More news: UEFA to investigate Neymar's VAR criticism after PSG defeat
A four-year-old girl is among those fighting for their lives after the New Zealand mosque massacre.
Ardern met the families of victims on Saturday.
Yesterday Stevie Taylor, who moved to New Zealand from Aberdeen in December, said he "feared for the worst" when sirens started sounding close to the building site he was working at, a short distance away from the scene of the first attack.
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.
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She did not offer too much detail, but said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be looked at.
When speaking to reporters later, Aziz said he wasn't the one that deserves credit for his quick thinking. "There is a dimming of enlightenment in many parts of the world".
The manifesto also said he chose to make his attack in New Zealand to show that nowhere in the world was safe. Ardern suggested Tarrant's acquisition of five such firearms indicates more gun control is needed.
"After consulting widely with both teams and key stakeholders, New Zealand Rugby has chose to cancel this evening's match", the statement read.
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The attack has prompted an outpouring of grief and deep shock in this usually peaceful and hospitable country, which prides itself on welcoming refugees fleeing violence or persecution.