'We still love this country', says imam of attacked New Zealand mosque

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Most of the victims were at the Al Noor mosque, as the attacker was reportedly chased out of the Linwood mosque by a "well known Muslim local" who fired two shots in pursuit, according to the New Zealand Herald.

The main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was charged with one count of murder a day after an attack that killed 49 people and wounded dozens, prompting the prime minister to vow reform of the country's gun laws.

Australian-born 28-year-old Tarrant stood in the dock wearing handcuffs.

The judge later added it was "reasonable to assume" more charges would follow. He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for April 5.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shooting as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun licence and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now; our gun laws will change", the New Zealand premier outlined.

"The regulation of guns in New Zealand is categorised as restrictive", say the authors of the database.

Word of the attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand - killing 49 people during Friday prayers - had already become common knowledge to most in attendance at Windsor Mosque on Northwood Street.

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal also tweeted and said, "Pakistan condemns the tragic terrorist incident in New Zealand".

"People started to pass by us with blood stains on their clothes, they were very scared and their voices were trembling, some people could not even speak", restaurant manager Prakash Sapkota, who was near the mosques, told Euronews.

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand Saturday
49 Dead In 'Terrorist Attack' At 2 Mosques In Christchurch, New Zealand

The man said he knew some of those who were killed.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one of the men in custody was Australian. "In New Zealand, only licensed gun owners may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition".

Hungry for any news, families and friends of the victims gathered at the city's Hagley College, near the hospital. In a statement, according to The Associated Press, Facebook New Zealand spokeswoman Mia Garlick said that the company is "also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we're aware".

The shooter, who had a gun license acquired in November 2017, carried out the killings with two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm, Ardern said.

Bishop of Polynesia - The Most Reverend Fereimi Cama said the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia unequivocally condemned this act of terrorism.

Before Friday's attack, the deadliest shooting in modern history occurred in the small town of Aramoana in 1990, when gunman David Gray shot and killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor.

The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines.

Police said IEDs, improvised explosive devices, were found with a vehicle they stopped. "People who were there for my engagement - dead", Ali told the news outlet.

Social media was flooded with messages of shock, sympathy and solidarity. "I heard ... four big bangs I thought it was maybe fireworks because this [a shooting] never happens in New Zealand".

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