New Zealand mosque shooting: Terror attack suspect Brenton Tarrant appears in court

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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.

He compared it to a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people last October, deadly attacks on churches in Egypt by Islamic State and an attack by a far-right Israeli gunman on a West Bank mosque in 1994 that killed 29 people. One person's leg had to be amputated and another had a gunshot wound to the chest.

Afghanistan's ambassador to Australia and New Zealand said two Afghans are missing and a third person of Afghan origin was treated and released from the hospital.

"We are a Forum family and what affects one, affects all".

Muslims account for just one percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed, most of whom were born overseas. Scheer said he was only there to support the energy workers, not the "other elements that tried to associate themselves with the event".

Wahb noted that the attacker had written the name of the Quebec City mosque shooter on his weapon, "so that actually triggers the sad feeling and the sorrow of this tragedy that happened here because we actually experienced it with a city that is close by here".

"Fijian hearts are breaking for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand - a place where an atrocity of this nature is shocking nearly beyond comprehension".

"My children live here", he said, adding, "we are happy".

Former Conservative Maxime Bernier, now the leader of the People's Party of Canada, hadn't posted anything about the attacks at all by late Friday.

The manifesto also included a single reference to US President Donald Trump in which the author asked and answered the question of whether he was a Trump supporter: "As a symbol of renewed white identity and common goal?"

An Aberdeen man who fled for his life after chaos erupted all around him in the wake of the New Zealand terrorist attack said he fell into a "complete panic" soon after the shooting began.

Labelling the attack as an act of terrorism, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to reform the country's gun laws.

Omar, a mechanic, told NBC from a local hospital that he ran to the mosque as soon as he heard there had been a shooting.

Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were found in a auto and neutralised by the military, while police raided a home in the southern city of Dunedin, where Ardern said the suspect was based.

Premier Scott Moe expressed his condolences Friday to the affected families and to, "the Muslim community here in the province that we represent, but also across the nation". Malaysia said two of its citizens were hospitalized, and the Saudi Embassy in Wellington said two Saudis were wounded. Photo: Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

Gardee said the NCCM is calling on elected officials to stand up and to speak out against these terrorist acts.

Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, said Londoners stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Christchurch.

"We're hoping that wouldn't spread any fear in our youth, in our community", Wahb said.

Mass shootings, and violent crime in general, are rare in New Zealand, a country of almost 5 million people.

Meanwhile, the final day of the Auckland secondary schools dance festival Polyfest was cancelled following the attacks.

"Everyone laid down on the floor, and some women started crying, some people died immediately", he said.

"They [cancelled it] for the sake of safety of the students and safety of our community".

Aupito said festival organisers have contacted schools about the decision.