'Manifesto' sent to New Zealand PM's office minutes before Christchurch attack

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country will change its gun laws following the mass shootings on Friday.

Workers dig grave sites at a cemetery in Christchurch on March 17, 2019 two days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city.

"Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was martyred trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognized with a national award".

The 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant who has been charged with murder in connection with the attack appeared to be the sole gunman, Bush said.

Police said they had released a preliminary list of the victims to families, which has helped give closure to some relatives who were waiting for any news.

"I would say to him "I love him as a person", Ahmad told AFP. He will be held in custody until an April 5 court appearance.

In a statement, Sunday, Chief Executive of Canterbury District Health Board David Meates said that two patients had been discharged late on Saturday, and a further two are expected to be well enough to return home on Sunday.

"We appear to primarily be dealing with one primary perpetrator, but we want to make sure that we don't take anything for granted in ensuring New Zealanders' safety", Prime Minister Ardern said.

Police rammed the suspect's vehicle and arrested him as he drove away from the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood. The pre-schooler was praying alongside her father Waseeim at the Al Noor mosque when she was shot at least three times.

But he went to add that even though his brother was being hailed as a hero by some people, it was "still a shock for us".

Tarrant, who lived in Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island, was arrested in a auto that police said was carrying improvised explosive devices.

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Tarrant did not have a criminal history and was not on any watchlists in New Zealand or Australia.

"I think the public should be assured that we train for this, hoping we never, ever have to respond", he said.

Rashid's 21-year-old son Talha Naeem was also killed in the attack, Pakistan's foreign ministry said.

The employee said despite every other shop going into lockdown during the three-hour event, the doors of Gun City remained open.

The first report of an attack came from the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch during Friday prayers at 1.40pm (00:40 GMT).

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

Specialist teams would be at Christchurch schools and early learning centers, and support lines were also available to anyone who needed it, Ardern said.

In response to the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the massacre as a "terrorist attack" at a news conference, saying: "These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world".

The suspect had not been on the radar of security services in New Zealand or Australia.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

New Zealand has tried to tighten laws before but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied efforts.

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