New Zealand pledges reforms as relaxed gun laws scrutinized

Chicago Muslim groups step up security after New Zealand mosque attacks

Two Muslim organizations in the Chicago area said they were stepping up patrols and other security measures Friday after a mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand killed at least 49 people and wounded dozens more, but Chicago police said they were not aware of any local threats.

The Bulgarian government has also said it was looking into Tarrant, who apparently visited the country late a year ago, as well as having earlier travelled to other parts of the Balkans - including Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them", Mazharuddin told Sky.

The third cricket test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, whose team were on a bus approaching one of the mosques with the attack underway, was canceled on Friday.

Thirty-six minutes after the police received the first call, Mr Tarrant was in custody. For many, this may not have been the place they were born. "Take some ownership. Enough is enough".

New Zealand, with a population of five million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.

"They were rural community cops I understand from Lincoln [a nearby town] who were present here". But I also want to send a message to those directly affected.

Our thoughts and our prayers are with those who have been impacted today.

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

Huang Yan, the manager of the Christchurch branch of China's Southern Airlines, told Xinhua the mass shooting would bring negative impact on New Zealand tourism as Christchurch has just been recovered from the aftermath of the 2011 deadly natural disaster.

Footage of the rampage shows three shotguns on the front passenger seat of a vehicle and ammunition magazines strapped around the gunman's waist. He did not enter a plea, but made a hand gesture associated with white supremacists.

One man told how he saw children being shot at the al Noor mosque saying: "There were bodies all over me". One man escaped only to find his wife lying dead outside the mosque.

Speaking in Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the gunman as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

Grainy video apparently shot from a passing auto shows the gunman's light-colored vehicle at the side of a busy road, rammed against the curb by a police auto and with one of its front wheels suspended in the air.

"This attack has been an enormous shock for all New Zealanders, and I am aware that there is a real sense of fear and concern for personal safety, particularly among our Muslim communities", New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said.

The NYPD also deployed extra officers to mosques throughout the city during early morning prayer services. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. Former US president Bill Clinton called it a "dark day for humanity".



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