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New Zealand mosque shootings toll rises to 50, police to release bodies

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On a gloomy, grey Sunday at Gun City in Christchurch business is booming, with the large, warehouse-style shop humming with more than two dozen customers.

"Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was martyred trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognized with a national award", Khan said on Twitter.

"I was very happy to hear the prime minister's comments this morning that there will be a change in the gun law, but I can't say any more than that", he told reporters on Saturday.

The attack was carried out by 28-year-old white man Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who has been charged with murder ever since.

Tarrant was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5.

The Prime Minister said the advice she had received from police indicated that the timing of the email and the information it contained did not provide enough time for response. Another seven people were killed at Linwood mosque and one more person died later at Christchurch Hospital.

"We know that there's been young Somalis that have lost their life, people of Turkish backgrounds that have been injured", he told NPR's Weekend Edition from the airport, on his way to Christchurch.

Among the wounded, two were in critical condition, including a four-year-old child, said Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

Tarrant had no prior criminal history and is not on any watch lists either in New Zealand or Australia.

"As a Member of our Pacific community, we stand with you shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart in this hard time coming to grips with what has happened".

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Three people are in custody over the mass shootings.

Dr Faisal relayed that Abbottabad citizens Naeem Rashid and his son Talha Naeem would be buried in Christchurch, and arrangements for their burial are in place.

Bush said at a news conference Sunday that they found another body at Al Noor mosque as they finished removing the victims, bringing the number of people killed there to 42.

"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.

There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only five million, but it has had low levels of gun violence.

Huge piles of flowers were laid at sites near the mosques and crowds of people of all faiths gathered to pay respects.

In Sydney, a silver fern - the symbol of New Zealand - was projected onto the side of the world famous Opera House.

She went on to add that the suspect, Brenton Tarrant, obtained a gun license in November 2017 and purchased the weapons used in his attacks legally in December of 2017.

The country's gun laws are largely unchanged since 1992, when controls were tightened after the 1990 Aramoana massacre, in which a man killed 13 people with a semi-automatic rifle.

Alabi said he told worshippers to duck down and then described how he and a "brother" chose to confront the attacker during a lull in the gunfire.

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He said the gunman was white and was wearing a helmet with some kind of device on top, giving him a military-type appearance. In the manifesto, Tarrant described himself as an "ordinary white man" who was from a "working class, low-income family".

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