Aberdeen man living in New Zealand describes ‘horrific’ aftermath of Christchurch attack

Aberdeen man living in New Zealand describes ‘horrific’ aftermath of Christchurch attack

At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques during midday prayers on Friday and dozens more were wounded, some critically.

The firearms included two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action weapon, she said, speaking to reporters in Wellington before heading to Christchurch. Health officials said 48 other people were being treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds. New Zealand's police commissioner, Mike Bush, said they were "working through" whether one or both of them had any involvement in this incident.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

The nation's firearms laws are lax compared to neighbouring Australia, which enacted a strict gun control regime in the wake of a similar massacre in 1996.

The Super Rugby match between the Otago Highlanders and Canterbury Crusaders scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled after the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday killed 49 people.

Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a "manifesto" denouncing immigrants as "invaders" was also posted online via links to related social media accounts.

It is the worst attack of its kind in the country's history and was dubbed its "darkest day" by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

With the main suspect in custody, authorities are turning their focus to the victims and the families of those who lost their lives.

"It is with great sadness that we learned today that New Zealand Futsal goalkeeper Atta Elayyan has died during the painful Christchurch attacks", Federation Internationale de Football Association said on Twitter.

Police also arrested a couple at a roadblock.

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A video captured by passerby Nathan Cambus shows the moment two police officers, guns drawn, approached a auto.

Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were found in a vehicle and neutralised by the military, while police raided a home in the southern city of Dunedin, where Ms Ardern said the suspect was based.

Tarrant was remanded into custody and is expected to appear in court again on April 5.

A story of true heroism is emerging from the horrific terror attacks on innocent Muslims in New Zealand.

"They may take our innocence but we will show the world the meaning of love and compassion", said one note taped to flowers left on a road divider.

The country's deadliest terror attack forced the cancellation of the third and final Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, whose players had a close shave. "I still don't know where he is", she said.

Ardern said the suspect traveled around the world and was in New Zealand sporadically.

"President Trump said in the Oval Office a few minutes ago that he did not think white supremacy worldwide was a problem that was rising in any way".

Khokhur and husband Mehaboobbhai Khokhur had travelled from India to spend time with Imran, who dropped off his father at the Al Noor mosque on Friday and was looking for a parking space when the shooting began.

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