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After the press conference, police commissioner Bush told reporters he "was very happy to hear the prime minister's comments this morning that there will be a change in the gun law, but I can't say any more than that".

Former Labasa man Shamir Khan (pictured here with wife Ruksaar) was one of the survivors of the deadly shootings that took place at two mosques in Christch- urch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019.

The hospital also confirmed 39 people are still receiving treatment, with 11 of them in intensive care.

Tarrant, obtained a "Category A" gun licence in November 2017 and began purchasing the five weapons used in Friday's attacks the following month, she said.

She said, "The mere fact... that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that".

Two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand, a country so peaceful that police officers rarely carry guns.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a letter to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday, saying that "hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies".

People from all walks of life arrived at the police barriers near the mosques on Saturday to pay their respects and to show support for New Zealand's 50,000 Muslims, who make up about one percent of the population.

Ardern met the families of victims on Saturday.

Tarrant on Saturday was charged with only one count of murder, though Prime Minister Ardern assured the public that more charges will be added as the judicial process continues.

Syrian refugee Khaled Mustafa was killed in the attack, Syrian Solidarity New Zealand said on its Facebook page. Flanked by two police officers, he smirked when media persons photographed him during the hearing and was seen making the white power gesture.

"It's the time for change", Ardern said.

The terror attack suspect, who live-streamed for about 17 minutes his rampage through two mosques here, is an Australian-born citizen and is a resident of Dunedin, situated around 360 km south of Christchurch.

The suspect will remain in custody without a plea and will appear in court again on April 5. "This act of terror was brought to our shores", she said. Reports said the crowd cheer Parker's promise.

Ardern also said it was believed the weapons used in the attack had been modified and that loopholes that allow such modifications would be closed in proposed gun reforms to be discussed by cabinet on Monday. "There is a dimming of enlightenment in many parts of the world". "That obviously leads to an Australian-based investigation and all of our inquiries here will be absolutely shared and communicated with New Zealand authorities".

Until Friday, the country's worst mass shooting was in 1990, when a lone gunman killed 13 people in the small town of Aramoana. He had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views. "I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said.

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