Mosque massacre families set to reclaim their dead

Mosque massacre families set to reclaim their dead

The gunman suspected of killing 50 people in two New Zealand mosques sent his manifesto to state authorities just minutes before the shooting, PM Jacinda Ardern said, but "no specific details" were included.

"Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was martyred trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognized with a national award", Khan said on Twitter.

Australia needs more leadership, across all levels, in all parties, like that provided by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the wake of Christchurch's mosque massacres.

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said he spoke to one of the Trustees of the Festival last night about the decision, and why it was made.

Tarrant, 28, was arraigned on Saturday on the first of many expected murder charges. He will be in custody until April 5, according to the High Court in Christchurch.

Speaking on the email earlier today, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said: "It was forwarded to us sometime during the day".

One person at the second mosque was being hailed for distracting and confronting the shooter, preventing further deaths.

"Please pray for me and my daughter", he pleaded in a Facebook video message from his hospital bed before undergoing surgery.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or were on watchlists in New Zealand or Australia.

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"I think the public should be assured that we train for this, hoping we never, ever have to respond", he said.

Abdul Aziz, 48, told media he heard shooting and ran outside the mosque, shouting at the gunman and drawing him away from the building, the Newshub website reported.

Amid the sadness, there have also been tales of heroes such as Alabi Lateef and a fellow worshipper, who followed the 28-year-old Australian gunman to his auto and used a discarded rifle to smash the vehicle's back window. Two men faced charges unrelated or "tangential" to the attack, while the woman has already been released. "Mosques are welcome to open their doors if they choose to do so".

The Pacific Music Awards organisation in New Zealand also expressed its shock and solidarity over the shootings. Thirty-six people were still being treated on Saturday, 11 of whom remained in intensive care.

Meanwhile, dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch.

At a press conference in Wellington on Sunday, Ardern said she would discuss tightening gun access with her cabinet on Monday, and planned to "verify" information that some New Zealanders were stockpiling weapons.

We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.

Ardern has vowed to change the country's gun laws and to uncover how a self-avowed extremist legally purchased two semi-automatic weapons, reportedly AR-15s, two shotguns and a lever-action gun without drawing the attention of the authorities.

Arden used some of her strongest language yet about gun control, saying that laws need to change and "they will change".

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