New Zealand PM’s office received gunman ‘manifesto’ minutes before massacre
Mar 17 2019
Bush said that a further 50 people were injured in the attack, with 36 of them remaining in Christchurch Hospital and 12 of these in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Some victims came from the neighbourhood, others from as far afield as Egypt or Fiji.
Authorities have released a preliminary list of the victims to families to give closure to relatives, with Commissioner Bush confirming the process of returning bodies would start today.
Key suspect Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder since March 16.
Two other people were in custody and police said they were working to understand their involvement.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that heroic Pakistani national Rashid Naeem, who died after trying to stop the New Zealand attacker, will be given a national award.
The death toll in the New Zealand mosque shootings rose to 50 on Sunday after police found another victim at one of the mosques.
Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch at the Masjid Umar mosque in Auckland on March 17, 2019. A couple apprehended at a cordon for carrying firearms not believe to be involved in the attacks, Bush said.
The youngest person missing and feared dead is three years old, Greenhill tells NPR's Weekend Edition.
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.
It features a series of questions and answers, and opens with one asking: "Who are you?" "He was studying to be a pilot and we saw him for morning classes".
"As soon as people die we must bury them as soon as possible", Hakim said.
The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
At least nine Pakistanis including a woman have been killed in the attacks, foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on Sunday.
And there was what some have seen as a polite rebuke of US President Donald Trump, who said he did not see a rise in white nationalism although it may have been an issue in New Zealand. The offender was in possession of a gun license.
Ardern has said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who bought the five guns used in the crimes legally.
It has also has emerged that a former soldier raised concerns about extremism at Tarrant's gun club in Dunedin.
"New Zealand is home for all of us, and this despicable act will not change that feeling of closeness in us". However, these efforts were quashed due to the country's culture of hunting wildlife and a strong gun lobby group.
There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only 5 million, but it has had low levels of gun violence.