Christchurch mosque shootings: Heroic arrest - what suspect told police

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a press conference following the March 15 mosque shooting in Christchurch New Zealand. — AP

On Tuesday, Ardern had used her first appearance in Parliament since the attack to praise the "extraordinary courage" demonstrated by mosque worshipers and police during one of the country's "darkest days".

Ardern, who has vowed to toughen New Zealand's lax gun-ownership laws following the killings, also said Wednesday the world needs to confront the dangers posed by social media.

The ban on the sale of the weapons came into effect at 3pm on Thursday - the time of the press conference announcing the ban - with the prime minister warning that "all sales should now cease" of the weapons.

While many family members have expressed understanding about the time it is taking to receive victims' bodies for burial, others have voiced frustration.

Peters also expressed his appreciation of Indonesia's support during a hard time for New Zealand.

New Zealand lawmakers have directed officials to develop a buyback scheme. Their younger son Zaid, 13, was also wounded in the attack and attended the funeral in a wheelchair.

The statement says: "Over the weekend, a Transguard employee made inflammatory comments on his personal Facebook account celebrating the deplorable mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand".

Erdogan had already been sharply rebuked by New Zealand for his comments and for using gruesome video shot by the Christchurch mosque gunman as an election campaign prop.

Bush, the police commissioner, said they believe they know where the gunman was going for a third attack when officers rammed his vehicle off the road but won't say more because it's an active investigation.

Mourners react before a burial service of a victim from the March 15 mosque shootings at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch New Zealand Thursday

Tarrant, 28, is next scheduled to appear in court on April 5.

"We can not, for instance, just simply deal with some of the issues we face with our social media to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis", she said.

She added: "And to others I implore you: speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them".

Ardern said an amnesty period will be put in place allowing gun owners to hand their assault rifles and MSSAs into police.

He had livestreamed the attack on Facebook and said in his manifesto he planned to attack three mosques.

Fouda expects 3,000 to 4,000 people, including many from overseas. State broadcasters Radio New Zealand and Television New Zealand will also broadcast the Islamic call to prayer, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Javed Dadabhai, who travelled from Auckland to help bury his cousin, said families and volunteers had been warned of a slow process.

Janna Ezat, whose son, Hussein Al-Umari, was killed in the Al Noor mosque, visited the memorial at the gardens and became overwhelmed by the outpouring of love.

"They are testing us with the message they are sending us from New Zealand, 16,500 km from here".




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