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New Zealand mosque shooting PewDiePie responds to alleged shooter naming him in attacks livestream

New Zealand mosque shooting PewDiePie responds to alleged shooter naming him in attacks livestream

In a manifesto he left behind, the suspected gunman described himself as a 28-year-old Australian and sought to make clear that he was a white nationalist who hates immigrants, that he wanted revenge over attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslim assailants and that he wanted to create fear.

New Zealand Police commissioner Mike Bush said a man in his late twenties has been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow.

Two other people were in custody and police said they were working to understand their involvement. Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims.

At first, Mr Taylor and his colleagues had no idea what was happening, initially believing the alarms, sirens and general panic sweeping through the New Zealand city were signs of another quake, similar to the 6.2-level seismic disaster that destroyed massive swathes of the city in 2011.

For many, the road to recovery will require multiple surgical procedures and many survivors said the mental scars may never fully heal.

Ehalt said Saskatoon police have not received any reports of anti-Muslim activity.

"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.

He said he had not heard from his father and brother since yesterday, when they went to the mosque.

Ardern descrived the killings as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in the South Island city, which is still rebuilding after a devastating natural disaster in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people.

Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, said Londoners stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Christchurch. Indonesian Muslim leaders expressed anger at the shooting rampage while urging Muslims to show restraint.

US President Donald Trump condemned the "horrible massacre" in which "innocent people have so senselessly died", but denied that the problem of right-wing extremism was widespread.

"Part of that is addressing those types of things and fears that might be present now within the Muslim community of Saskatoon", he said.

The attack on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques has been labelled terrorism by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and is thought to be the deadliest attack directed against Muslims in the West in modern times.

Forty-one people were killed at one mosque, and seven people were killed at the second mosque.

But Yasalar said there is no escaping the horrendous magnitude of the events in Christchurch.

Facebook said, that having been alerted by police, it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced".

The former fitness instructor and self-professed fascist occasionally turned to look at media present in court during the brief hearing that the public were excluded from for security reasons.

Meanwhile, the third cricket test between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been cancelled in the wake of the shooting.

That Act created a regulation so that anyone over the age of 16, who is a "fit and proper person" and the law defines as "a person of good character who will abide by the Laws of New Zealand", can be legally granted a gun license; which is require in order to buy or own a gun.

A website set up for victims had raised more than NZ$1 million ($684,000) in less than a day, and social media was flooded with messages of shock, sympathy and solidarity. Another showed a pair of figures, one in a headscarf, embracing. "This is your home and you should have been safe here" the caption read.

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