The Royals Respond to the New Zealand Terror Attack

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A gunman had opened fire on Friday prayers at a mosque in New Zealand killing many worshippers and forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt.

The death toll of the Christchurch terror attacks has risen to 50, and two injured victims remained in critical condition, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Sunday morning.

A stream of victims' friends and relatives entered, one woman carrying sandwiches and falafel.

TESSA BURROWS via Getty ImagesResidents pay respect by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch on Saturday.

New Zealanders have responded to the attacks with an outpouring of interfaith solidarity - crowdfunding millions of dollars, donating halal food and even offering to accompany local Muslims now scared to walk the streets.

The massacre left 41 at the Al Noor Mosque dead before the suspect journeyed to the Linwood Avenue Mosque where he killed another seven victims, one more later died in hospital.

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"People who were there for my engagement - dead", Ms Ali said. She also says New Zealand will make "weekly compensation" available to victims' dependents on an ongoing basis.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia. "Hatred always is. I'm not going to give airtime to the motives disposed by this cowardly person who has attacked a vulnerable community in their time of worship", Dalziel said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a "small number" of bodies would be returned to families from Sunday evening.

Islamic custom dictates that the deceased should be buried within 24 hours, but authorities said the complex investigation into the massacre of 50 worshippers during Friday prayers made a quick process hard.

She said her office sent it to parliamentary security two minutes after getting it. "You can not imagine how I feel", Mr Hashi said.

Khokhur, 58, and husband Mehaboobbhai Khokhur, 65, had traveled from India to spend time with their son Imran, their first visit in the eight years since he moved to New Zealand.

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Ardern said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who bought the five guns used in the crimes legally. She said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

The country's gun laws are largely unchanged since 1992, when controls were tightened after the 1990 Aramoana massacre, in which a man killed 13 people with a semi-automatic rifle.

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.

He has so far been charged with one count of murder, although judge Paul Kellar said it's "reasonable to assume" that more charges will follow, after yesterday's deadly shooting.

Imran had dropped off his father, an electrical engineer, at the Al Noor mosque on Friday and was looking for a parking space when the shooting began.

He also reached out to the Muslim community in Christchurch and in New Zealand. "New Zealand is home for all of us, and this despicable act will not change that feeling of closeness in us". For many New Zealand was their choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to.

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