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Heartbroken New Zealanders mourn victims lost to Christchurch mass shooting

17 March 2019
Heartbroken New Zealanders mourn victims lost to Christchurch mass shooting

Idrahim Hindy said the mass shooting in New Zealand evoked horrific memories of the mosque attack in Quebec two years ago.

According to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the suspect had a firearms licence and owned five guns.

Four people died en route to hospital.

'I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change, ' Ardern said. Gunmen opened fire in two separate mosques in Christchurch on Friday, killing 49 people and wounding 48 others.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also condemned the fatal shootings, saying the attack on people during prayers is "absolutely appalling".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday wrote to his New Zealand counterpart expressing his deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.

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.

Families of the Sandy Hook victims were recently given the green light to sue United States gunmaker Remington for knowingly marketing a military grade weapon that is "grossly unsuited" for civilian use and has become the gun of choice for mass killings.

One man in his late 20s has been arrested and charged with murder, and will appear in court on Saturday.

"This isn't about cricket", New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said when discussing the cancellations in his sport.

Others from the Middle East and Asia were also killed in the attack, according to foreign government reports.

Worshipers ran from gunfire, desperately called police and huddled beneath the benches of two Christchurch mosques before two lightly armed community police officers apparently ran the gunman's auto to the side of the road and brought the atrocity to an end after a terrifying 36 minutes.

The test was due to start at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday but the Bangladesh team left New Zealand less than 24 hours after the shooting and about an hour after the initial scheduled start time.

Tarrant has been remanded in custody until April 5, when he will appear again before the High Court in Christchurch.

When speaking to reporters later, Aziz said he wasn't the one that deserves credit for his quick thinking.

Christchurch their home, were praying at the mosque at the time of the attack.

Officials said that he had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and, as with the other two peolpe detained in connection with the attack, had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.

Numerous victims hailed from around the world.

Mr Graystone said he chose to stand outside the Medina Mosque on Friday because he "wanted to make sure that people know we can respond with friendship".

During the emotional service the woman all held a placard with the words: "Peace will save the world #Solidarity with New Zealand mosque victims".

"I hate to think about it, but really when we were getting away I was fearing for the worst, I mean anything could have happened to us".