New Zealand shooting: Suspect shows court white power sign

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Forty-nine people were killed and another 48 injured in shootings at two mosques filled with worshippers during Friday prayers in Christchurch, in what New Zealand's prime minister is calling "one of [our] darkest days".

A 28-year-old man has been charged over the shootings in the city of Christchurch, according to reports, and will appear in court on Saturday morning local time.

Although police have yet to confirm that Tarrant is one of the three individuals arrested in relation to the attack, they have indicated that one man has been charged.

Two other suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand - a country so peaceful that police officers rarely carry guns.

Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several who were born overseas.

"In NZ you don't have to register the fire arms that you own, you simply have to have a license in order to buy a weapon", Dr Wakefield told SBS News. "Israel sends its condolences to the bereaved families and its heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded", Netanyahu said on twitter.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas, reporting from Christchurch, said the suspect locked eyes intensely with journalists.

"I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", she said.

Ehalt said the attacks in New Zealand are "quite concerning". "In fact they were now based in Dunedin".

Another person who was earlier arrested was said to be a member of the public carrying a firearm who was trying to help.

Then, the man proceeded to live stream the terrible attack inside one of the mosques, on Facebook Live.

"There may be people that would have Islamophobic tendencies or thoughts", he said.

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Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims.

US President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose". "I would not describe him as a long-term resident".

"Part of that is addressing those types of things and fears that might be present now within the Muslim community of Saskatoon", he said.

"I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 (where) 1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror", Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote on social media.

"He had a big gun. he came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere."

Facebook said, that having been alerted by police, it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced".

Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, seven at a mosque in the Linwood neighborhood and one died in hospital, police said.

Self-professed fascist occasionally turned to look and smirked at media present in court during the brief hearing that was held behind closed doors for security reasons.

The Bangladesh cricket team was in Christchurch for a test match when the attack took place.

"People started to pass by us with blood stains on their clothes, they were very scared and their voices were trembling, some people could not even speak", restaurant manager Prakash Sapkota, who was near the mosques, told Euronews.

One image shared widely was of a cartoon kiwi, the country's national bird, weeping. "This is your home and you should have been safe here" the caption read.

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