At least 6 Palestinians said among dead in New Zealand shooting

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday visited the Muslim community here and condoled the deaths of 49 people who were martyred by right-wing terrorist a day ago, ARY News reported.

Ardern said the main suspect was a licensed gun owner who used five weapons during his rampage, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns.

Tarrant was one of three people arrested in connection with the shootings.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said additional charges are forthcoming.

Ardern added, "While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence, and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now our gun laws will change".

The nation's firearms laws are lax compared to neighbouring Australia, which enacted a strict gun control regime in the wake of a similar massacre in 1996.

Police said two other people were in custody.

He appeared to have live-streamed the terror attack in Christchurch and outlined his anti-immigrant motives in a manifesto posted online.

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

Police and military personnel walk at the carpark compound of the district court after Friday's mosque attacks, in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2019.

Despite mentioning Roof, it was Breivik, who her referred to as "Knight Justiciar Breivik", as a person he "took true inspiration from", wrote Tarrant.

"What I can say is that an 18-year- old man will appear in court on Monday but that arrest was tangential to this matter and we do not believe that he was involved in this attack either", Mr Bush said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday said it was "clear this was one of New Zealand's darkest days". Two explosive devices were also found in his auto.

A fourth person who had been taken into custody was later determined to be an armed bystander who wanted to help police.

"Now is the time for change", Ardern argued.

Meates said at a news conference at the Christchurch hospital that it's "hard to fathom the enormity of this act of terrorism".

New Zealand's stricken residents reached out to Muslims in their neighbourhoods and around the country on Saturday.

Some mourners hugged their neighbours, while others stood in solemn silence at sites in the city centre, not far from the two mosques where Muslims gathered for Friday prayers were mowed down by a racist gunman.

Christchurch Hospital chief Greg Robertson said 7 of the 48 gunshot victims admitted after Friday's mosque shootings in have been discharged.

The Queen of England released a statement, as did President Donald Trump along with many other world leaders.

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.

"I think its fairly obvious what that is", Lemon said.

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