Christchurch Shootings: Brenton Tarrant Appears in Court
Christchurch Shootings: Brenton Tarrant Appears in Court
Camera Icon Brenton Tarran in the dock for his first appearance on a murder
19 March, 2019, 21:48
Immigration New Zealand has arranged priority processing for the families of those killed or injured in the shootings to obtain visas into the country, and Commissioner Bush said authorities were working "as quickly and sensitively as possible". A 4-year-old girl at a children's hospital in Auckland was also listed as critical.
One of the victims, Afghan-born Haji Daoud Nabi, sought asylum in New Zealand in 1977. Afghanistan's embassy in Canberra named Nabi as one of two Afghans killed in the attack. He with his two sons when the shooter opened fire during Friday prayers. "Just helping people is his main thing".
The Bulgarian government has also said it was looking into Tarrant, who apparently visited the country late past year, as well as having earlier travelled to other parts of the Balkans - including Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. At least three Bangladeshis were among those killed, AP reports, and the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that four Jordanians had died.
Syrian refugee Khaled Mustafa was killed in the attack, Syrian Solidarity New Zealand said on its Facebook page.
A story of true heroism is emerging from the horrific terror attacks on innocent Muslims in New Zealand.
"We're so sorry, for the families over there, for the dead and the injured.[we] just want to go home and hide".
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"We are a nation who will never accept acts like this!", said a poster-sized message decorated with hearts. "There are going to be friends among that list".
At Christchurch's "Cardboard Cathedral" - built after the 2011 earthquakes that still scar this close-knit city - Dean Lawrence Kimberley held a service to stand "in solidarity with the Muslim community".
Several guns have been recovered from both mosques, while, two explosive devices were found on two vehicles at the scene, one of which was defused, the police confirmed.
"It's very understandable that it's a slow process because it's got to be thorough", Dadabhai told Stuff.
One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.
Prime MinisterJacindaArdern has vowed to change the country's gun laws and to uncover how a noted extremist legally purchased two semi-automatic weapons, reportedly AR-15s, two shotguns and a lever-action gun without drawing the attention of the authorities. Now details of his background are emerging, including his upbringing the rural New South Wales town of Grafton which he left shortly after his father Rodney (pictured left with a young Brenton) died of cancer when Brenton was in his early 20s.
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