New Zealand PM says gun laws to change after mosque attack

Members of the Christchurch Muslim community met with the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a day after the mosque shootings that claimed the lives of 50 people

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A Candelit Prayer is held outside the State Library of Victoria on March 16, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia; 49 people are confirmed dead, with with 36 injured still in hospital following shooting attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, 15 March at the hands of suspected shooter Brenton Tarrant.

Thirty-four people were in Christchurch Hospital, with 12 in intensive care, while one child was moved to a dedicated children's hospital in Auckland.

Now, Khan, who is a member of the group Pakistan Canada Association, is helping to try and raise funds to allow Rashid's mother to get from Pakistan to New Zealand for his funeral. Police have warned the public that sharing the video is an offence and social media companies have said they are trying to scrub it from their platforms.

"I would say to him "I love him as a person", Ahmad told AFP.

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian man, appeared in the Christchurch District Court yesterday charged with one count of murder.

Mr Tarrant has been remanded in custody without a plea and is due to appear in court again on 5 April. He is expected to face further charges, police said.

Police then rammed what they believed to be the gunman's vehicle and arrested Tarrant.

Commissioner Bush said authorities were working as fast as they could to finish formally identifying the victims of the attacks at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques.

Australia imposed stricter rules on gun control and bought back firearms after a mass shooting left 35 people dead and 23 injured at a cafe in Port Arthur, Tasmania, in 1996.

There would be an increased police presence in Christchurch, the country's second largest city on Monday, with an extra 120 officers, she said, adding all mosques would be guarded by the police.

"New Zealanders are devastated", Jackson said in a statement to Variety.

"I chased him", Aziz said.

Amid the sadness, there have also been tales of heroes such as Alabi Lateef and a fellow worshipper, who followed the 28-year-old Australian gunman to his auto and used a discarded rifle to smash the vehicle's back window.

Aziz, originally from Afghanistan, said he picked up one of the gunman's discarded weapons and threatened the man, who drove off.

Church services for victims of the attack have been held across the country, including at Christchurch's "Cardboard Cathedral", a temporary structure built after much of the central city was destroyed in a 2011 natural disaster.

He said he received a phone call after the attack from his brother-in-law Adan Ibrahin Dirie, who was in hospital in Christchurch with gunshot wounds. Ardern said police would be posted at all mosques while they are open.

The shootings have raised new questions about violence being disseminated online.

She said the intent of the attack was to target a city and country that was well known for its safety.

Ardern added that the gunman reportedly had five firearms on him when he carried out the assault - two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm.

"New Zealand is home for all of us, and this despicable act will not change that feeling of closeness in us".

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