‘Islamopobic’ attack in Whitechapel after New Zealand mosque massacre

Mourners from the Nepali Community hold placards as they pay their respects for victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch

The alleged killer is Australian Brenton Tarrant who published a manifesto hours before the shooting in which he said his inspiration is Norwegian terrorist Andres Breivik and that he sees Muslim immigrants as "invaders".

He was likely to face further charges, police said.

Tarrant was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5.

Ardern said 39 survivors remained hospitalized Saturday, with 11 critically wounded.

Victims Discharged From Hospital A member of the AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) stands ready following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019. "I don't think anyone.in this country, would say that rugby was the most important thing".

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern held press conferences following the attack on mosques in Christchurch that left 49 people dead.

"It's outrageous, the feeling is outrageous", he said. The nationalities of the victims included Indian, Pakistani, Malaysian, Indonesian, Egyptian, Bangladeshi, Saudi, Somalian and Turkish, authorities said.

The attack has prompted an outpouring of grief and deep shock in this usually peaceful and hospitable country, which prides itself on welcoming refugees fleeing violence or persecution. "Our hearts are breaking for your loss", read one of the notes marked with a string of x-kisses.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived at Hagley College in the city to console the families of some of the victims of the shooting. Later in the day, it emerged that he used five guns in Friday's attack, including two shotguns and two semi-automatic weapons.

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Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were found in a auto and neutralised by the military, while police raided a home in the southern city of Dunedin, where Ms Ardern said the suspect was based. Meanwhile, the Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Highlanders in Dunedin has also been called off in the wake of the shootings.

The suspect documented his radicalisation and two years of preparations in a lengthy, meandering and conspiracy filled far-right "manifesto".

Police took three men and a woman into custody.

Worshipers ran from gunfire, desperately called police and huddled beneath the benches of two Christchurch mosques before two lightly armed community police officers apparently ran the gunman's auto to the side of the road and brought the atrocity to an end after a terrifying 36 minutes.

"The street that I work on was covered in SWAT cars, they were flying past every minute, and loads of police cars going back and forth, so that must have been when they found out that there were attacks in at least two places, the first mosque and the second mosque". One man, 18-year-old Daniel Burrough, has been charged with incitement. "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.

Numerous victims hailed from around the world.

On Friday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that the man was an Australian-born citizen while describing him as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

"We want our Muslim family members, friends and neighbors to know that we'll do everything possible to keep you safe and secure in the city we share", the police department said in a statement.

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