Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

New Zealand Mass Shooting Suspect Planned 3rd Attack, Police Chief Says

New Zealand Mass Shooting Suspect Planned 3rd Attack, Police Chief Says

Within 72 hours of the mosque shootings, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her government would ban semi-automatic rifles.

A mass burial is expected to be held tomorrow.

She said the man arrested in the attacks had purchased his weapons legally and enhanced their capacity by using 30-round magazines "done easily through a simple online purchase".

"We are going to pray here on Friday", the Imam Gamal Fouda told the New Zealand Herald from behind the cordon opposite the mosque.

He said, "This time next week you will see the principles behind what we have said developing into a new law to go to the Parliament".

"Over the weekend, a Transguard employee made inflammatory comments on his personal Facebook account celebrating the deplorable mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand", security company Transguard said in a statement on Tuesday.

Some people expressed support for the victims in a uniquely New Zealand way.

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Relatives and other people arrive to attend the burial ceremony of the victims of the mosque attacks, at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand March 20, 2019. "But he will, when I speak, be nameless", she told lawmakers.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for the nation to observe two minutes of silence on Friday and said the call to prayer would be broadcast live by the state-owned radio and television in a show of support for the Muslim community. He attended the funeral in a wheelchair.

A judge ordered Tarrant to return to New Zealand's High Court on April 5 for his next hearing on one count of murder, though he is expected to face additional charges.

Ardern said the government acknowledged that some guns serve "legitimate purposes in our farming communities" and thus they were setting aside exemptions for.22 caliber rifles and shotguns. "I should be lying beside you", the news website Stuff reported. He said the authorities have not explained their process for identifying his father's body and have been slow to offer details.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush explained the reason behind the delay of the bodies being released and stated police had to prove the cause of death to the satisfaction of the coroner and the judge handling the case. My expectation is that these weapons will now be returned to your suppliers and never enter into the New Zealand market again, " she said. The 28-year-old Australian is being held in isolation in a Christchurch jail.

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.

Hart said it was an easy decision for him to hand in his semi-automatic and tweeted: "on the farm they are a useful tool in some circumstances, but my convenience doesn t outweigh the risk of misuse".

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