Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

Blanche Robertson
March 17, 2019

Ahmed Khan fled violence in his native Afghanistan to live in one of the world's safest countries - New Zealand, where he was witness to unimaginable horror inside a Christchurch mosque.

"It did not include a location".

"This was received by over 30 recipients nine minutes before guns were fired".

In emotional scenes, Ardern earlier met mourning members of the Muslim community in Wellington.

Khokhur, 58, and husband Mehaboobbhai Khokhur, 65, had traveled from India to spend time with their son Imran, their first visit in the eight years since he moved to New Zealand.

In a news conference Saturday morning, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tarrant's onslaught was cut short when he was apprehended.

Like most developed countries, New Zealand has far stricter gun laws than the United States, where more than 50 shootings involving more than one victim have already taken place this year.

The hospital also confirmed 39 people are still receiving treatment, with 11 of them in intensive care.

"We struggling with it as much as everyone else".

"She was engaged, she was concerned, she knew what to say", one of the attendees said. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face further charges.

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Video footage widely circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, showed him driving to one mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.

However, because none of the bodies have been returned to the victims' families because of the investigation, many having been unable to bury their dead within the 24 hours customary in Islam. "But we are so aware of the cultural and religious needs, so we are doing that as quickly and sensitively as possible", Bush said.

He livestreamed 17 minutes of the rampage at the Al Noor mosque, where, armed with at least two assault rifles and a shotgun, he sprayed worshippers with bullets, killing at least 41 people. Police with gloves and metal detectors combed the street and footpath.

"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ardern told reporters in Christchurch on Saturday.

A friend of Wasseim's, Carolyne Phillips, who was at the hospital with him, said he had undergone surgery for a perforated bowel, an injury to his pelvis and to get shrapnel and bone out of his hip socket.

Bush said forensic officers and pathologists had been working around the clock to gather the evidence from the bodies needed.

A series of vigils have now been scheduled around the country, while flowers were being left at cordons near the attack sites in Christchurch.

The victims of Friday's shooting included immigrants from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population.

Pakistan's high commissioner said six citizens had been killed and three were missing.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder in relation to the massacre on Friday, in which 49 people were killed and 42 injured.

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