New Zealand massacre: shooter meant to continue attack, says PM

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He was wearing a tunic and was handcuffed. At one point he gazed around at the courtroom, which was packed with media.

Tarrant, who was not granted name suppression, smirked to the camera of the media dock and frequently scanned the court room which was closed to the public.

At least 49 people were killed and dozens injured in the unprecedented attack that stunned the nation and the world.

During the hearing, Judge Paul Kellar in the Christchurch District Court said it was "reasonable to assume" that the man would face further murder charges.

"These comments are appalling and they're ugly and they have no place in Australia".

A gunman opened fire on worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch, killing 49 people.

The winners of New Zealand's first-class domestic cricket competition, Plunket Shield, has been decided with a round left, in the wake of the terrorist attack at a mosque in Christchurch. "There are obviously questions being asked of how this person was able to enter the country and undertake this act of terror", the premier said.

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In signs police say show a well-planned attack, army personnel were also called in to dismantle explosive devices found in a stopped auto and officers were on Friday evening searching a house in Dunedin, 360 kilometres away, clearing nearby homes for safety.

Ardern said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who bought the five guns used in the crimes legally.

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

"I know that the people of New Zealand will never allow hate and division to triumph over these things they hold dear". They included a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, who is in critical condition.

He sustained a head injury, which was not believed to be serious, and was kept in hospital for treatment, the police added.

Ardern met the families of victims on Saturday.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of Counter Terrorism Policing, said on Friday: "Whilst there is no intelligence linking these appalling events in Christchurch to the United Kingdom, additional uniform patrols will continue in London and nationally over the coming days, focusing on places of worship and specific communities".

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Imran had dropped off his father, an electrical engineer, at the Al Noor mosque on Friday and was looking for a parking space when the shooting began.

"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud.

Facebook said it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced" after being alerted by police.

"When I first heard of this, I got sick to my stomach and I say, 'Here we go again, '" said Yasalar.

The gunman had posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself as an Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

Christchurch is a city of about 400,000 residents, still recovering from a massive quake in 2011 that killed 187 people. According to ABC News, Tarrant smiled as he appeared before the court in Christchurch.

Schools across the city were placed on lockdown, as well as the Christchurch hospital.

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Men and women from the New Zealand Muslim Association in Auckland flew to Christchurch to assist with the funeral rites, washing the bodies, wrapping them in white cloth and taking them to the cemetery.

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