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Tarrant, who was not granted name suppression, smirked to the camera of the media dock and frequently scanned the court room which was closed to the public.

Tarrant was handcuffed and wearing a white prison jumpsuit when he walked into the courtroom.

Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is lead into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch District Court, New Zealand March 16, 2019. While he allowed media persons to take photographs and film the proceedings, he ordered that Tarrant's face be pixelated as his identity might be a part of the court case.

Officers arrested two others following the attacks and are now working to establish whether they had any involvement in the terror attacks against the Muslim community in New Zealand.

Omar Nabi said his father Haji-Daoud Nabi, 71, who moved to New Zealand from Afghanistan 30 years ago, was among those killed the Deans Ave Mosque in Christchurch yesterday. It was later notified that one of the detained was later let go.

Ardern said security agencies had been looking at the rise in New Zealand of "extreme right-wing violent rhetoric", but Tarrant, an Australian citizen, was not on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia. The shooter, who had a gun license acquired in November 2017, carried out the killings with two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm, Ardern said.

"I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change".

Prime Minister Ardern has stressed that families that lost a loved one - particularly if he/she was a breadwinner - would be provided financial support by the government.

All mosques across New Zealand have been urged to close their doors for the time being, and in Scotland, police have stepped up patrols around mosques - however, officers insist there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat in this country.

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Another 48 people are reported to have suffered gunshot wounds, with some of them in critical condition.

"Right now, before the service, we have one person who is outside as a symbol of security" and to help park cars, said Khan.

The judge briefed the media before the hearing, saying videos and photographs were only released by approved New Zealand media outlets including TVNZ and RNZ. Two victims died later while hospitalized.

He is one of three people arrested in connection with the shooting; and while the other two remain in custody, their role remains unclear.

The gunman meant to continue his attack if he hadn't been stopped, she said.

"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud.

"Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them", Mazharuddin told Sky. "Anyone who has seen the footage. they put New Zealand first", Ms Ardern said.

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Arden has vowed to change the country's gun laws in the wake of the shooting spree that stunned the world.

Ardern said Saturday that she had met with relatives of the victims and their "key concern" was to have access to their loved ones' remains for burial.

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