‘Ordinary white man?’ Picture of New Zealand accused emerges

‘Ordinary white man?’ Picture of New Zealand accused emerges

Nassar Chahbar, a spoken-word poet and law student, addressed the crowd at the vigil for victims of the New Zealand mosque shootings.

New Zealand's stricken residents reached out to Muslims in their neighborhoods and around the country on Saturday, with a fierce determination to show kindness to a community in pain as a 28-year-old white supremacist stood silently before a judge, accused in mass shootings at two mosques that left 49 people dead.

Three people are in custody, and one man has been charged with murder. He also had more assault weapons in the trunk of his auto, along with what appeared to be explosives.

Ardern said that investigators are working to determine whether two others who were taken into custody in relation to the massacre were directly involved.

"For these people who are victims in these mosques - they are refugees, they are people who are from our migrant communities who've chosen to live in New Zealand, thinking they would find a safe place where they could be free in their religion and their culture".

Ms Ardern said she would be reviewing events leading up to the attack to see how the suspect went unnoticed by authorities. The attack was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.

"I still don't know where he is, " she said.

Tarrant is believed to be the author of a 74-age manifesto posted online before the attacks occurred.

He said a 2-year-old boy was in stable condition, as was a 13-year-old boy.

"I want to send our condolences to those impacted by the heinous attacks in New Zealand", Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement released Friday. Two mosques were targeted in the attack.

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Ms Ardern, who arrived in Christchurch Saturday, said the shooter was not on any watchlist and did not have a criminal record.

As for the suspects, Ardern said, "these are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand". Two improvised explosive devices had been found in the vehicle and disabled. He said they had disabled one and were in the process of disabling the second.

The man, who identified himself in a livestream of the massacre as Brenton Tarrant, said he was motivated by far-right extremism he saw in the United States to carry out the attack at Al Noor Mosque.

The video showed the killer was carrying a shotgun and two fully automatic military assault rifles, with an extra magazine taped to one of the weapons so that he could reload quickly.

In the years since the 2011 Christchurch quake, which left 185 people dead and the quaint cathedral city in ruins, the authorities paused the region's refugee resettlement programme while they attempted to rebuild the city centre.

The Bulgarian government has also said it was looking into Tarrant, who apparently visited the country late past year, as well as having earlier travelled to other parts of the Balkans - including Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. "I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone". He said one was slightly injured. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos. "I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11", Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media.

Wahb noted that the attacker had written the name of the Quebec City mosque shooter on his weapon, "so that actually triggers the sad feeling and the sorrow of this tragedy that happened here because we actually experienced it with a city that is close by here".

Two police officers - one of whom appears to be armed only with a handgun - can be seen pointing their weapons at the open passenger-side door.

He then walks outside to the street, where he shoots at people on the sidewalk.

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