Toronto vigil honors victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

Tarrant allegedly took part in terrorist attacks conducted at the Al Noor and Linwood Masjid mosques on Friday afternoon. No images have emerged from the second mosque.

Ardern's chief press secretary Andrew Campbell told CNN that the email in a "generic" email account maintained by staff, and was not seen by the Prime Minister. A spokesman said the email didn't describe the specific incident and there was "nothing in the content or timing that would have been able to prevent the attack".

"I am deeply saddened by the terror attack in New Zealand & stand with our Muslim community to condemn this hate-fuelled violence", Mayor John Tory tweeted.

The visiting Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting started but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters. He had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia, and had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.

"This is a time of distress, we are in disarray, we don't know why this has happened", he said. Thirty- six people were still being treated on Saturday, 11 of whom remained in intensive care. Four of his children escaped unharmed, but the youngest, Abdullahi, was killed.

Ardern, wearing a black headscarf, met with survivors and victims' families Saturday at a college which has become an information centre for those affected by the tragedy. Ardern said on Friday that 49 people had been killed in the attack.

AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) push back members of the public following a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday.

He said he was in New Zealand temporarily while he "planned and trained" the attack. The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan. In New Zealand, commentators also anxious that the horror would sow deep divisions in a society that has largely avoided the polarizations that have spread elsewhere. "I'm not sure how to deal with this".

A man reacts as he speaks on a mobile phone outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

New Zealand mass murderer Tarrant A white supremacist who denounced immigrants as invaders
AOS push back members of the public following a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand Friday

Hungry for any news, families and friends of the victims gathered at the city's Hagley College, near the hospital. He spent more than two minutes inside the Al Noor mosque spraying terrified worshippers with bullets, coldly executing some people he'd already mowed down, before calmly reloading and even swapping rifles.

"Somewhere along the lines, experiences or a group have got a hold of him", she said.

But as Cantabrians - as locals of the Canterbury region are referred to - keep repeating to each other and their Muslim friends, ultimately the plan failed, because "they are us and we are them".

Two modified semi-automatic weapons - reportedly AR-15s - two shotguns and a lever-action gun were used in Friday's deadly rampage, and photos of the weaponry with distinctive writing on them were posted on social media days before.

"While work has been done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters.

The New Zealand premier said that he had been in possession of a "Category A" gun licence obtained in 2017.

In his screed, the suspected gunman said he had been planning the attack for two years. The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur, as well as a number of high-profile mass shootings in the United States.

New South Wales Police also issued a statement assuring Australia's Muslim community that there were no specific threats domestically. Ardern said she had spoken to Trump, who had asked how he could help. Political and Islamic leaders across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims.

  • Jon Douglas