Jacinda Ardern's office received manifesto from Christchurch shooter minutes before attack

Sergio Conner
March 17, 2019

Christchurch residents have paid tribute to victims of the mosque attacks as families waited for authorities to release the bodies for burials on Sunday.

Hungry for any news, families and friends of the victims gathered at the city's Hagley College, near the hospital.

Church services for victims of the attack were held around the country, including at Christchurch's "Cardboard Cathedral", a temporary structure built after much of the central city was destroyed in a 2011 natural disaster.

A story of true heroism is emerging from the horrific terror attacks on innocent Muslims in New Zealand.

Greenhill described "acts of heroism" and "selflessness" by the people attacked on Friday afternoon, including one man who was killed trying to disarm a gunman at the second mosque.

"People who were there for my engagement - dead", Ms Ali said.

She also signalled that if convicted, he would serve his sentence in New Zealand.

Kai Schwoerer via Getty ImagesNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media on Saturday.

President Donald Trump, who has a record of Islamophobic rhetoric, online behavior and policies, tweeted out his "warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand.

The AP also reported that Tarrant, who has donated to a number of white nationalist groups but has no other direct affiliation with them, allegedly was given personal approval by Breivik to commit the mosque attacks in Christchurch, though this has yet to be verified.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"She came here for the peace.now she is shocked", he said, adding his mother was too afraid to leave her house. The two mosques were full as the attacks occurred just after Friday prayers had started.

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Mr Bush said police, pathologists and coroners were working to ensure families could claim their loved ones as soon as possible. While known for having more moderate politics, New Zealand has relatively lax gun laws in comparison with its larger neighbour.

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Twelve operating theatres worked through the night on the more than 40 people wounded, said hospital authorities.

"By the time we were advised of that email, the attack had taken place".

We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.

"There could be nothing worse than giving the wrong body to the wrong family", she said.

Khokhur, 58, and husband Mehaboobbhai Khokhur, 65, had traveled from India to spend time with their son Imran, their first visit in the eight years since he moved to New Zealand.

Ardern said the suspect was a licensed gun owner who bought the five guns used in the crimes legally.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters on Saturday, saying a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

He has so far been charged with one count of murder, although judge Paul Kellar said it's "reasonable to assume" that more charges will follow, after yesterday's deadly shooting.

New Zealand has in the past tried to tighten firearm laws, but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied such efforts.

He remains the only person charged directly over last Friday's shooting massacres.

The violence has also shone a new light on gun control.

"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".

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