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Accounts emerge of heroism in New Zealand mosques; bodies to be released

17 March, 2019, 13:28 | Author: Taylor George
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New Zealand tightened its gun laws to restrict access to semi-automatic rifles in 1992, two years after a mentally ill man shot dead 13 people in the southern town of Aramoana.

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.

The Pakistan Foreign Office has confirmed that nine Pakistanis were killed in Friday's terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Commissioner Bush said police did not believe that two people arrested near the scene were involved.

Most guns do not require registration under New Zealand's Arms Act and police do not know "how many legally or illegally owned firearms there are in New Zealand", police said a year ago.

Farid Ahmad, whose 44-year-old wife Husna was killed as she rushed back into a mosque to rescue him, refused to harbour hatred toward the gunman, Australian-born, self-avowed white nationalist, Brenton Tarrant.

Tarrant is scheduled to appear in court again on April 5. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.

Police then rammed the gunman's vehicle and arrested him. 48 people were injured in the terrorist attack that was carried out during Friday prayers at Al Noor Masjid and a smaller mosque in Linwood.

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.

At least one Palestinian died, Palestine's ambassador to Australia and New Zealand said in a statement. "I've heard from people there. there were a few witnesses who said he saved a few lives by trying to stop that guy".

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"Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them", Mazharuddin told Sky.

In the manifesto, which was also posted online, Tarrant described himself as "Just a ordinary White man, 28 years old" who used profits from cryptocurrency trading to finance extensive travels through Europe from 2016-2018.

Aziz, originally from Afghanistan, ran outside after the shooting started and picked up a shotgun that the gunman had dropped.

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

Imam Burhaan Mehtar has thanked the community for their support after the mosque attack in Christchurch.

In Sydney, a silver fern - the symbol of New Zealand - was projected onto the side of the world famous Opera House.

"This is the mosque they always went to". Two men faced charges unrelated or "tangential" to the attack, while a woman had been released, he said.

Authorities said 34 people remain in hospital.

Some of the guns appear to have been modified to make them more deadly, she said, adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

All of the guns Tarrant used during the attack were purchased legally, according to gun laws and restrictions in New Zealand.

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