The death toll in the New Zealand mosque shootings rose to 50 on Sunday when police found another body at one of the mosques, as families waited for authorities to formally identify victims and release their bodies for burial.
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. "I will not be saying anything conclusive until we are absolutely convinced as to how many people were involved".
Handcuffed and wearing a prison suit, the 28-year-old suspected white supremacist stood silently in the Christchurch district court where he was remanded without a plea.
Tarrant is scheduled to appear in court again on April 5. She said that by the time a police plan was in place, the 911 number was already buzzing as shots had been fired.
Rashid, originally from Abbottabad in Pakistan, was "badly wounded" in the attack on the Al Noor mosque after he tried "overpowering the shooter", the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis said in a series of Twitter posts.
But he went to add that even though his brother was being hailed as a hero by some people, it was "still a shock for us".
The head of the New Zealand Police Association, Chris Cahill, welcomed Ardern's comments and said previous attempts to introduce gun controls had failed partly because of diehard opponents to reform.
An employee who works at a takeaway shop opposite Gun City, New Zealand's largest gun retailer, confirmed to the Guardian that business had been "extremely busy" at the rifle store since Friday's massacre.
"Ardern's performance has been extraordinary - and I believe she will be strongly lauded for it both domestically and internationally", said political commentator Bryce Edwards of Victoria University in Wellington.
It was the deadliest mass shooting in the country's modern history. A critically injured 4-year-old girl was also brought to Christchurch Hospital then transferred to an Auckland hospital, according to Greg Robertson, chief of surgery at the Christchurch hospital.
Abdul Aziz says he ran towards the gunman outside the mosque, throwing a credit card machine at him.
Tarrant was also purportedly inspired to commit the mosque shootings by Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Oslo in 2011.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has spoken out on the mosque attacks.
When Khan heard about the violence in New Zealand, he sent his friend a Facebook message, but didn't hear back.
Ali said it was hard for relatives to know that the bodies had been lying in the mosques for more than a day.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said Brenton Tarrant will "certainly face the justice system of New Zealand for the terrorist attack that he has committed here".
"As soon as people die we must bury them as soon as possible", Hakim said.
In Sydney, a silver fern - the symbol of New Zealand - was projected onto the side of the world famous Opera House.
Ardern said the suspect was a licensed gun owner who bought the five guns used in the crimes legally.