‘Absolutely his intention’: Christchurch gunman planned further attacks, had other firearms


Seven more people were gunned down at a mosque on the other side of the city in the suburban Linwood neighborhood.

According to the Independent, the suspects are alleged to have called people attending Friday prayers at a near-by mosque "terrorists'". No images have emerged from the second mosque. "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.

Ardern's chief press secretary Andrew Campbell told CNN that the email in a "generic" email account maintained by staff, and was not seen by the Prime Minister.

"I am deeply saddened by the terror attack in New Zealand & stand with our Muslim community to condemn this hate-fuelled violence", Mayor John Tory tweeted.

The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for Friday prayers when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters. He had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia, and had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.

Ankara on Friday said it was investigating Tarrant's multiple visits to Turkey, and who he might have met while he was there. Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said.

He added that one of his friends had died of his injuries and another is still in hospital. Four of his children escaped unharmed, but the youngest, Abdullahi, was killed.

"My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy".

"It's been a pleasure to know you all guys". At least 49 people are confirmed dead and more than 40 wounded after attacks at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

The floral tributes grow on Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque as locals pay tribute to those who were killed March 16 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

There are about 1.5 million privately owned firearms in New Zealand, according to the most recent from 2017 data by GunPolicy.org, a global database compiled by the University of Sydney. "I'm not sure how to deal with this".

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One of the weapons that were allegedly used in the Christchurch massacre. It's a lot to take in, and talking to friends and family can help.

"I can't. believe that somebody I've probably had daily dealings with and had shared conversations and interacted with would be capable of something this extreme", Gray told Nine Network television. He spent more than two minutes inside the Al Noor mosque spraying terrified worshippers with bullets, coldly executing some people he'd already mowed down, before calmly reloading and even swapping rifles.

"I hope that she will be so much better".

"We we are sending out Pacific music of healing and hope for our Muslim communities in Aotearoa".

Two modified semi-automatic weapons - reportedly AR-15s - two shotguns and a lever-action gun were used in Friday's deadly rampage, and photos of the weaponry with distinctive writing on them were posted on social media days before. "In New Zealand, only licensed gun owners may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition".

The country's national security threat level alert was lifted from low" to "high'.

Authorities were working to find out how he had obtained the weapons and a license, and how he was able to enter the country to carry out the attack, she said. He said the close proximity of the two mosques (just 5.5km apart), their large size and lack of security made them a "soft target".

Although shops were shuttered and many chose to stay at home, Christchurch residents piled bouquets of flowers at a makeshift memorial near the Al Noor mosque, many accompanied with handwritten letters laden with sadness and disbelief.

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.

People began screaming and he "tried to take cover" as the attacker came through the entrance, he said.