New Zealand suspect emailed PM Ardern minutes before attack

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Further charges are expected to follow. The courtroom was closed to the public because of the heightened security risk, New Zealand police said.

Standing between armed police, the former fitness trainer reportedly flashed an upside-down "okay" hand gesture, reportedly a symbol used by white power groups around the world.

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.

A five-year-old girl was critically wounded and had surgery but remained in serious condition, her uncle, Sabri al-Daraghmeh, told Jordan's al-Mamlaka TV.

Speaking from Christchurch, he said: "It's been like an adrenaline rush all day".

For many, the road to recovery will require multiple surgical procedures and many survivors said the mental scars may never fully heal.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the suspect as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

Another victim, Haji Daoud Nabi, died trying to save a fellow worshiper, his son told an Australian newspaper.

The victims of Friday's shooting included immigrants from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Another victim of the Christchurch mosque attacks tried to wrestle the gunman's weapon off him in a desperate bid to save others, it has emerged. - AP In this photo released by New Zealand Prime Minister's Office, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to representatives of the Muslim community, Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. "I will keep watch while you pray".

"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.

Two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and lever-action gun were used in the attacks.

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Ardern has promised to change gun laws as soon as possible, noting it had already been tried several times before in New Zealand.

Later emphasizing that "now is the time for change", Ardern said New Zealand previously attempted to reform its firearm laws in 2005, 2012, and 2017. Two explosive devices attached to suspects' vehicles have now been found and they have been disarmed.

The shooter live-streamed the assault on Facebook.

Thirty-six minutes after the police received the first call, Mr Tarrant was in custody.

A video captured by passerby Nathan Cambus shows the moment two police officers, guns drawn, approached a vehicle.

They included Asif Shaikh, 44, who said he was among more than 100 people at the Al Noor mosque when the attacker came in.

One worshiper, Mohan Ibn Ibrahim, said he was inside one of the mosques when the shooting began.

President Donald Trump, who has a record of Islamophobic rhetoric, online behavior and policies, tweeted out his "warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand.

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.

Ms Ardern said she would be reviewing events leading up to the attack to see how the suspect went unnoticed by authorities.

Brenton Harris Tarrant, 28, has been charged with one count of murder, according to a court filing. She is also seeking answers from intelligence agencies about whether any social media posts should have been picked up on and were not.

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