Twenty-eight-year-old Brenton Tarrant appeared in court on Saturday charged with murder, after a terror attack on two Christchurch mosques that left 49 dead.
Wearing handcuffs and a white prison shirt, the Australian-born former fitness instructor and self-professed fascist sat impassively as the judge read the charge against him.
He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance scheduled for 5 April.
New Zealand PM Received Gunman’s ‘Manifesto’ Minutes Before Attack
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her office received a “manifesto” from the gunman suspected of killing 50 people in two Christchurch mosques minutes before Friday’s attack, AFP reported.
“I was one of more than 30 recipients of the manifesto that was mailed out nine minutes before the attack took place,” Ardern told reporters on Sunday.
Facebook Removes 1.5 Million Videos of Attack Globally
Out of respect for people affected by the terror attack, Facebook removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally in first 24 hours.
Victims’ Age Is From 3 to 77 Years Old
The age of New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque victims ranges from ages 3-77 years old, AFP reported.
Death Toll Rises to 50 in NZ Terror Mosque Attacks
The death toll from Friday’s mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has risen to 50, with another 50 injured in the attack, police said on Sunday, PTI reported.
The additional death was discovered as bodies were being removed from the two buildings in the southern city of Christchurch, Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters.
5 Indians confirmed among 50 Dead in NZ Mosque Attacks, Indian High Commission Confirms
Five Indians were among the 50 people killed in the terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch, the Indian High Commission said Sunday.
Two Indians Killed in NZ Mosque Attacks, Some Missing: Report
A software engineer from Hyderabad and a woman post-graduate student from Kerala’s Thrissur were among the 49 people killed in the terror attacks on Friday on two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch, while the whereabouts of at least two visitors from Gujarat where not known, reported IANS.
Ancy Ali, a 25-year-old married woman from Kerala’s Thrissur, was among the victims, the Kerala Police said.
Ancy, who had migrated to New Zealand with her husband Abdul Nassar last year, lived near the mosques that were attacked, an officer at the Kodungalloor police station in Thrissur told IANS.
Ancy was doing her post-graduation in Christchurch where her husband was working, the officer said.
“We received news from the Special Branch that a woman from here was injured in the shooting. We have now received the news that she has passed away,” said the officer who did not wish to be named.
Software engineer Farhaj Aslan, who was reported missing following the attacks, was confirmed dead, his family in Hyderabad said on Saturday.
“We have received information that my brother was killed in the attack,” his elder brother Kashif Ahsan told IANS.7:42 AM, 16 MAR
Security Beefed Up in Australia Following New Zealand Attack
Australia started deploying extra police force at major events and mosques following the Friday’s Christchurch terrorist attack.
Victoria has been put on high alert as it would be hosting the Formula 1 Grand prix and a community open day in Mosques statewide on the weekend.
“You will see a lot more police out and about this weekend,” Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Wendy Steendam was quoted as saying by the media. Mosques across Victoria have planned a community open day for this Sunday and were keen for them to go ahead, Steendam said while asking people to go and support the Muslim communities, and maintaining vigilance.
We Still Love New Zealand: Imam at Christchurch Mosque
An imam who was leading prayers at a Christchurch mosque when a gunman brandishing semi-automatic weapons mowed down his congregation said Saturday that the Muslim community’s love for New Zealand would not be shaken by the massacre.
“We still love this country,” said Ibrahim Abdul Halim, imam of Linwood Mosque, vowing that extremists would “never ever touch our confidence”.
Halim gave a harrowing account of the moment during Friday prayers when gunshots rang out in the mosque, replacing peaceful reflection with screaming, bloodshed and death.
“Everyone laid down on the floor, and some women started crying, some people died immediately,” he said.
But, he said, New Zealand Muslims still felt at home in the south Pacific nation.