Christchurch mosque shooting victims mourned by loved ones as funerals begin

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The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.

According to the police, 41 people were killed at Al Noor mosque and seven at Linwood mosque while one injured died in a hospital.

Afternoon prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, were ambushed by gunfire on Friday, leaving at least 49 people dead.

One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack.

There has been an outpouring of grief from around the world. The gunman live-streamed the attack on Facebook, apparently using a helmet camera.

The site of the terrorist attacks is sealed off in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 16, 2019. There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only five million, but the country has had low levels of gun violence. Two other people were in custody and police said they were seeking to understand whether they were involved in any way. "The refugee issue and multiculturalism have become politicized and securitized in ways we haven't seen before", says Khalil.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the tragedy as a "terrorist attack" and noted numerous victims could be migrants or refugees.

The Australian gunman, who had based himself in Dunedin, used two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm, Ms Ardern said.

"Its important to be here standing with you because as Prime Minister Ardern said yesterday, an attack against one is an attack against all of us", Mr Morrison told reporters.

We are a proud nation of more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages, and amongst said diversity, we share common values and the one we place the currency on right now and tonight is our compassion and the support for the community of those directly affected by this tragedy and secondly, the strongest possibly condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, today faced court in New Zealand.

Among the wounded, two were in a critical condition, including a four-year-old child.

A Saudi man, Mohsin Al-Mozaini was among the dead, AlArabiya reported.

Police presence in Christchurch and around the country was heightened while families arrived to streets near the mosques with tributes for the victims.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating quake in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos. Ardern said she had spoken to Trump, who had asked how he could help. Sometimes called the garden city, it has been rebuilding since an quake in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed many downtown buildings.

A noisy generator raring from a construction site next to the Christchurch Justice Precinct was a stark and irritating reminder of those tragic events, as media and members of the public gathered awaiting Tarrant's court appearance. Police have not yet described the scale of the shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.

Schools across the city were placed on lockdown, as well as the Christchurch hospital.

The Metropolitan Police are trying to establish a motive for the incident in east London but witnesses reportedly claim the men shouted "Islamophobic" comments.

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