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Mosque attack hero 'saved many more lives by grabbing terrorist's gun'

17 March 2019
Mosque attack hero 'saved many more lives by grabbing terrorist's gun'

Ardern said the suspect traveled around the world and was in New Zealand sporadically.

Another victim of the Christchurch mosque attacks tried to wrestle the gunman's weapon off him in a desperate bid to save others, it has emerged.

Muath Elayyan, Mohammed's brother, told the Associated Press his brother helped establish the mosque a year after arriving in New Zealand, where he teaches engineering at a university and runs a consultancy.

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the frightful massacre in the Mosques", Trump wrote. "He enjoyed freedom there and never complained about anything", Muath said.

Kardashian retweeted a message announcing New Zealand attorney general David Parker's announcement of the ban, writing: "Just 24 hours after the Christchurch shooting New Zealand bans semiautomatic guns!"

Four people died en route to hospital.

Over the weekend Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza held vigils to honor the victims of the massacre, in which 49 people were killed.

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

Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

Dramatic footage that surfaced online after the attack shows two officers - one of whom appears to be armed only with a handgun - pointing their weapons at the passenger door and then forcing a black-clad man out of the vehicle. "To see so many innocent lives taken so callously and cruelly in this place of sanctuary is totally unacceptable". "Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives".

Authorities have declined to discuss potential motives for the attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens more.

The shootings suspect, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, appeared in court Saturday amid strict security, shackled and wearing all-white prison garb, and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge. 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.

Mr Morrison said he has been in contact with Ms Ardern, and that Australian agencies are working with New Zealand authorities. But the 87-page document, also posted on social media just before the shooting began, was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim screeds.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Pacific Area Presidency also released a statement of support for Muslim communities and all others impacted by the Christchurch shootings.

She called the mass shooting "an extraordinary act of violence", and vowed "our gun laws will change".

He says one of those people has been released and the other has been charged with firearms offences.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or were on watchlists in New Zealand or Australia. Five guns were used by the primary perpetrator, including two semi-automatic weapons, and two shotguns, she added. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos.