Sports canceled as traumatized New Zealand mourns shooting victims

Witnesses said victims were shot at close range

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said that gun laws will be reformed after the attacks, as legislation allowed the suspect the legally obtain a semi-automatic weapon.

The statement added that a range of activities must be completed before names can be released publicly, "this includes next of kin notifications, which, in many cases, will have global aspects to them".

"I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today", she said.

Tarrant grew up in the small Australian city of Grafton and worked in a local gym as a personal trainer, Australia's Nine News reported.

"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or were on watchlists in New Zealand or Australia.

'But the Prime Minister has signaled that we are going to look at that issue [banning semi-automatic weapons]'.

A noisy generator raring from a construction site next to the Christchurch Justice Precinct was a stark and irritating reminder of those tragic events, as media and members of the public gathered awaiting Tarrant's court appearance. At least 49 people were killed, while dozens more were injured. One victim died at a hospital.

"I was very happy to hear the prime minister's comments this morning that there will be a change in the gun law, but I can't say any more than that", he told reporters on Saturday.

The competition-leading Central Districts will be presented with the trophy next week at Hamilton's Seddon Park, after the sole other remaining contender, Canterbury, withdrew from its concurrent final match of the season in response to yesterday's terrorist attacks in Christchurch.

"If this evil thinks we will stop going to our mosque here or stop doing our worship to our god, Allah, we can not ever stop", Linwood mosque Imam Ibrahim Abdelhalim said.

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said he spoke to one of the Trustees of the Festival last night about the decision, and why it was made.

The New Zealand Red Cross has published a list of missing persons on its website.

Bishop of Polynesia - The Most Reverend Fereimi Cama said the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia unequivocally condemned this act of terrorism.

Daraghmeh says the 33-year-old Waseem moved to New Zealand five years ago and that he described it as the "safest place one could ever live in".

A four-year-old girl is among those fighting for their lives after the New Zealand mosque massacre.

Sabri Daraghmeh said by phone from Jordan on Saturday that the girl, Elin, remains "in the danger phase" and that her father, Waseem - Sabri's brother - is in stable condition. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country where levels of gun violence are low. Neighboring Australia has virtually banned semi-automatic rifles from private ownership since a lone gunman killed 35 people with assault rifles in 1996. "Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives".

Pence also affirmed US cooperation in ensuring all the perpetrators were brought to justice. Mr Bush said the woman had been released without charge.



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