Tensions rise over burials of New Zealand shooting victims

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New Zealand Prime Minsiter Jacinda Ardern said during a visit to Christchurch, NZ on Saturday that the main suspect in the shootings at two mosques in the city had meant to "continue his attack".

The first victim of the devastating Christchurch attack was named yesterday as 71-year-old Daoud Nabi, who stood at the door and welcomed the terrorist inside the mosque with a "hello brother".

The massacre during Friday prayers prompted a heartfelt response from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who pronounced it "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and said the shooter, an Australian native, had chosen to strike in New Zealand "because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion".

A gunman stormed two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon, killing at least 50 people and wounding 50 others.

Most guns do not require registration under New Zealand's Arms Act and police do not know "how many legally or illegally owned firearms there are in New Zealand", police said previous year. "I will not be saying anything conclusive until we are absolutely convinced as to how many people were involved".

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Tarrant was charged with one count of murder in court yesterday, with further charges expected to be made against him. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has already foreshadowed a review of what was known - or should have been known - about the behaviour of Brenton Tarrant. The pre-schooler was praying alongside her father Waseeim at the Al Noor mosque when she was shot at least three times.

"We know that there's been young Somalis that have lost their life, people of Turkish backgrounds that have been injured", he told NPR's Weekend Edition from the airport, on his way to Christchurch.

The head of the New Zealand Police Association, Chris Cahill, welcomed Ardern's comments and said previous attempts to introduce gun controls had failed partly because of diehard opponents to reform.

And there was what some have seen as a polite rebuke of US President Donald Trump, who said he did not see a rise in white nationalism although it may have been an issue in New Zealand.

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Abdul Aziz says he ran towards the gunman outside the mosque, throwing a credit card machine at him. Thirty-six people were still being treated on Saturday, 11 of whom remained in intensive care. But he said some people frustrated because "they want to get on with their grieving process".

However, witnesses have described how many more lives could have been lost, if not for the courage of a worker at Linwood Mosque.

At a press conference in Wellington on Sunday, Ardern said she would discuss tightening gun access with her cabinet on Monday, and planned to "verify" information that some New Zealanders were stockpiling weapons.

Huge piles of flowers were laid at sites near the mosques and crowds of people of all faiths gathered to pay respects.

Ardern said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who allegedly used five weapons, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, which had been modified.

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