Death toll in Christchurch mosque attacks rises to 50

Clay Curtis
March 17, 2019

The death toll from Friday's massacre in the South Island city of Christchurch has risen to 50 after another victim was located at one of the crime scenes, police said on Sunday.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday that victims of the attack were from across the Muslim world, underscoring the global impact of the attack.

On Saturday, Christchurch Hospital said 39 people remained in hospital, 11 of them in intensive care.

Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old terrorist of Scottish descent, wrote in his 74-page-long "manifesto" that he sees Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common goal".

Police said three people were in custody.

Australian police say the family of Tarrant is helping their investigation.

In a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump yesterday, Ms Ardern said the best help he could provide in the wake of the Christchurch attack would be sympathy and love for Muslim communities.

Gun control expert Philip Alpers suggested that Ardern's quick response to the attack may indicate that New Zealand will address the availability of military-style semi-automatic rifles as promptly as Australia did after a mass shooting in 1996.

"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 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.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

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New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said he spoke to one of the Trustees of the Festival last night about the decision, and why it was made.

At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques during midday prayers on Friday and dozens more were wounded, some critically.

New Zealand´s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (C) meets residents at the Hagley College in Christchurch on March 16, 2019.

The man has been charged with murder.

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.

New Zealand's first-class domestic cricket competition, the Plunket Shield, has been decided with a round to spare in sad and unique circumstances.

Bishop of Polynesia - The Most Reverend Fereimi Cama said the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia unequivocally condemned this act of terrorism.

Pool via Getty Images Brenton Tarrant, charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre, is escorted in the courtroom Saturday in Christchurch, New Zealand.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.

"As soon as New Zealanders hear that someone was legally able to acquire, as I'm advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun laws, and that is why we will respond swiftly", she explained.

In the video live-streamed by Tarrant, a man inside a mosque appears to say: "Welcome brother", as a gunman approaches.

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