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

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Military-style semi-automatic rifles, banned in neighboring Australia, are permitted in New Zealand but must be registered. All were legally purchased but were illegally modified.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush had earlier said that Tarrant had been charged with one count of murder, with other charges to follow.

Khan, Sahib, Ali and Faria Shah, the women's chapter's youth leader, all said they have never experienced any hostility in their neighbourhood, which includes a wide range of ethnicities.

Anyone can use an A Category firearm without a licence [sic] if they are under the immediate supervision of a licence [sic] holder.

"They were rural community cops I understand from Lincoln (a nearby town) who were present here".

"It was an opportunity to share the grief of New Zealanders directly with those who have experienced so much loss", Ardern said of the meeting.

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.

Ardern has promised to change gun laws as soon as possible, noting it had already been tried several times before in New Zealand.

We are a proud nation of more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages, and amongst said diversity, we share common values and the one we place the currency on right now and tonight is our compassion and the support for the community of those directly affected by this tragedy and secondly, the strongest possibly condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this.

Jacinda Ardern said the alleged attacker, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, would surely have killed even more people than the 49 worshippers he massacred in two mosques were it not for the policemen.

Flowers and signs at a memorial as tributes to victims of the mosque attacks near Linwood mosque in Christchurch
Flowers and signs at a memorial as tributes to victims of the mosque attacks near Linwood mosque in Christchurch

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

Ardern suggested Tarrant's acquisition of five such firearms indicates more gun control is needed.

A few hundred demonstrators have protested the New Zealand mosque shootings outside Istanbul's Hagia Sophia - a Byzantine-era cathedral that was turned into a mosque and now serves as a museum. Tarrant did not apply for bail, and per ABC News reports, did not apply to have his name suppressed.

In Australia, which is seen as culturally similar to New Zealand and has lively farming and hunting communities, the catalyst for outlawing high-powered weapons was the shooting of 35 people at Port Arthur in Tasmania in 1996.

The team had been scheduled to play a match against New Zealand on Saturday at the Hagley Oval Cricket Ground, close to the Masjid Al Noor Mosque.

The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur, as well as a number of high-profile mass shootings in the United States.

Ardern did not explicitly endorse this promise when asked.

Pacific Islands Forum Chair and president of Nauru Baron Waqa expressed his "deepest condolences" to the people and government of New Zealand on what he called a sad day for Christchurch and a sad day for the region.

Pence also affirmed USA cooperation in ensuring all the perpetrators were brought to justice.

"Khaled Mustafa is a Syrian Refugee who has come with his family (wife and three children) to NZ, which they thought was a safe heaven (sic), in 2018", Syrian Solidarity New Zealand said in a post.

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