New Zealand gun laws to change: Ardern

Horror and sorrow: U of T reacts to attack on Christchurch mosque

The suspects' ideology and preparation for the attack - Prime Minister Ardern described them as having "extremist views", but New Zealand's police commissioner said the man charged with murder was not known to intelligence services. Following the attack, New Zealand's national security level was changed from "low" to "high".

Tarrant has been described as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity.

Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay huddled on the floor of the mosque, the video showed.

An Aberdeen man who fled for his life after chaos erupted all around him in the wake of the New Zealand terrorist attack said he fell into a "complete panic" soon after the shooting began.

In the gunman's rambling manifesto, he said he was not a member of any organization but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.

Two other people were in custody and police said they were seeking to understand whether they were involved in any way. Police say that this person was a member of the public armed with a gun with the intention of assisting officers.

She said Tarrant, who has been arrested and charged with murder and committing a terrorist act, had allegedly used five firearms, including two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm.

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019, following a mass shooting.

Authorities were working to find out how he had obtained the weapons and a license, and how he was able to enter the country to carry out the attack, she said.

"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.

"New Zealand is united in grief", she said.

He sustained a head injury, which was not believed to be serious, and was kept in hospital for treatment, the police added.

The death toll stands at 49, and 39 people are being cared for in Christchurch Hospital. Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several of whom were born overseas.

At least 49 people were killed and dozens injured in the unprecedented attack that stunned the nation and the world.

Revulsion at the attack, and tributes to the victims, poured in from around the world, including from Pope Francis and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

The suspected gunman livestreamed video of the attack and posted a lengthy manifesto online under the name of Brenton Tarrant.

"You can not imagine how I feel", he said.

New Zealand is not at home with such bloodshed.

There was no weekend vim and bustle in Christchurch on Saturday.

Australian police said the family of the suspect is helping their investigation.

Political across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims.

President Donald Trump, who has a record of Islamophobic rhetoric, online behavior and policies, tweeted out his "warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence", and that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees. The father in the family was killed, one son was wounded and another was missing, he said, citing information he had received from a friend of the family.

"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud. "I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said.

Facebook said, that having been alerted by police, it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced".

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