New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a pillar of strength

Tamim Iqbal

New Zealand will ban semi-automatic rifles, Attorney-General David Parker said on Saturday and was greeted loudly by a crowd here on vigil after the horrific killing of 49 people in Christchurch shootings.

New Zealand's stricken residents have been reaching out to Muslims in their neighbourhoods and around the country, with a fierce determination to show kindness to a community in pain.

He appeared to have live-streamed the terror attack in Christchurch and outlined his anti-immigrant motives in a manifesto posted online.

Muath Elayyan, Mohammed's brother, told the Associated Press his brother helped establish the mosque a year after arriving in New Zealand, where he teaches engineering at a university and runs a consultancy.

"He used to tell us life was good in New Zealand and its people are good and welcoming. He enjoyed freedom there and never complained about anything", Muath said.

Indian media reports, however, said at least one Indian was killed in the massacre that shook New Zealand.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier confirmed that one of the four people taken into custody is Australian.

A heavy police presence was seen, as 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant faced a Christchurch district judge Friday.

50 people died after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand during midday prayers on Friday.

Tarrant, who was not granted name suppression, smirked to the camera of the media dock and frequently scanned the court room which was closed to the public.

The video footage showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.

The members of Bangladesh's cricket team were at the most 50 yards away from the Christchurch terrorist shooting and narrowly missed being shot and killed.

Politicians in Pakistan and India have also expressed their grief, and shared messages of support to families who may have lost their loved ones.

"Many of the people require multiple trips to the theatre to deal with the complex series of injuries they have", said Christchurch Hospital's Chief of Surgery Greg Robertson. At least one Palestinian died, Palestine's ambassador to Australia and New Zealand said in a statement.

The suspect, who is an Australian citizen, was living in the southern city of Dunedin, about 225 miles from Christchurch, at the time of the attack, Ardern said.

"A category-A firearm holder can purchase the firearms without the magazines or the things that will enable them to be in the state that they were", Bush said. The other two remain in custody but their role in the shootings remains unclear.

He was likely to face further charges, police said.

"I'm so proud of what they've done", he said.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.

Ms Arden stated the deadly attacks was one of New Zealand's "darkest days" and vowed to change the country's current gun laws.

She said Tarrant, who has been arrested and charged with murder and committing a terrorist act, had allegedly used five firearms, including two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm.



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