Australian Police search homes linked to NZ shootings

Australian Police search homes linked to NZ shootings

Local media reported that Sky News Australia was pulled off New Zealand broadcaster Sky TV for airing "distressing footage".

The mother lives in the New South Wales town of Lawrence and the sister in Sandy Beach.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said officers had finally been able to share a list of victims with families, something delayed by the need for careful police work and the sheer scale of the tragedy.

A gunman had opened fire on Friday prayers at a mosque in New Zealand killing many worshippers and forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt.

At the Linwood mosque, Abdul Aziz said he had run towards the gunman outside the mosque, throwing a credit card machine at him.

"I want to definitely state that we believe that there was only one attacker responsible for this horrendous event", Mr Bush said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after 50 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

'We have made a decision as a cabinet, we are unified, ' she said, flanked by her coalition partner and deputy prime minister, Winston Peters.

Ms Ardern also announced an inquiry into the country's intelligence services.

Members of the Muslim community and police were at a cemetery which has been fenced off and obscured with white netting.

The mother and brother of one of the victims, Naeem Rasheed, will leave for New Zealand today.

Ardern did not detail the new gun laws, but has said she supports a ban on automatic weapons following the Christchurch shootings.

In the document, which was also posted online, Tarrant described himself as "Just a ordinary White man, 28 years old".

Under New Zealand gun laws, A-category weapons can be semi-automatic but limited to seven shots.

Australian Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder over the shootings in Christchurch on Friday.

In 2017, there were 43,509 firearm licence applications, and only 188 applications were declined, the data showed. "New Zealand has to have this debate", Alexander Gillespie, a law professor at the University of Waikato, told the New York Times.

Gun City owner David Tipple says the Christchurch shooting accused bought weapons from his store.

In the meantime, she encouraged individuals to surrender weapons similar to the ones used in the attacks to the authorities.

Asked if he felt any responsibility for Friday's massacre, Tipple replied: "No, I do not".

The alleged shooter was formally charged with murder over the weekend.

Despite having tightened the rules in the 1990s after the last mass shooting, New Zealand has relatively permissive gun laws, with almost all of those who apply granted gun licences.

The return of the bodies has proved a controversial topic, as Islamic custom stipulates that a body must be buried within 24 hours of death.

"You can either meet these things with either fear or friendship - that's the choice we have to make and in the end friendship wins". Is he in a fridge?

Frustrated families of the 50 victims were still waiting Monday for the release of the bodies of their loved ones, as officials worked their way through a painstaking investigation.

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