Victims rise to 50 in Christchurch mosque attacks, 1 suspect left

Mr Daoud Nabi was the first of the mosque attack victims identified yesterday. He described New Zealand as

VIDEO: Aberdeen man living in New Zealand describes ‘horrific’ aftermath of Christchurch attack

Muslims account for just over one percent of New Zealand's population, while there are about 200,000 Indians or people of Indian origin in the Pacific island nation.

Australian-born 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant stood in the dock wearing handcuffs and a white prison smock, as the judge read a single murder charge against him.

An Aberdeen man who fled for his life after chaos erupted all around him in the wake of the New Zealand terrorist attack said he fell into a "complete panic" soon after the shooting began.

Abdul Aziz, 48, was hailed for confronting the shooter at the second mosque and preventing more deaths. The brutal shootings were previewed on an infamous Internet message board and then graphically live-streamed on Facebook. "He sat in his auto and with the shotgun in my hands, I threw it through his window like an arrow".

The man is believed to be Naeem Rashid, from Pakistan, although his face is blurred in the footage and he has yet to be formally identified.

For nearly three days forensics teams, many flown in from across New Zealand, have been working through multiple crime scenes - at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques as well as a house in Dunedin, the southeastern city where the suspected gunman, Brenton Tarrant, lived.

"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ms Ardern told reporters in Christchurch on Saturday.

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

However, because none of the bodies have been returned to the victims' families because of the investigation, many having been unable to bury their dead within the 24 hours customary in Islam.

"She was screaming "come this way, hurry up", and she took many children and ladies towards a safe garden", husband Farid Ahmad told AFP.

All injured are undergoing treatment at Christchurch Hospital. Rashid, from Abbottabad, Pakistan, and a New Zealand resident for nine years, was in the mosque with his 21-year-old son.

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At least 49 people were killed in Friday's attack. Five other Pakistani citizens were still unaccounted for, he said.

"This attack has been an enormous shock for all New Zealanders, and I am aware that there is a real sense of fear and concern for personal safety, particularly among our Muslim communities", New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said.

Friday's killing was a terrorist attack that appeared orchestrated for the social media.

"There are a raft of issues on the table", she said.

The injured included a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, who was in critical condition.

The shootings have raised new questions about violence being disseminated online.

Parvin died being struck my bullets while trying to shield wheelchair-bound husband, Farid Uddin Ahmed, her nephew Mahfuz Chowdhury told The Daily Star, a Bangladesh newspaper.

"We do have gun control".

The cabinet will also hear from intelligence agencies about how a self-avowed fascist legally purchased and trained to use two semi-automatic weapons, reportedly AR-15s, two shotguns and a lever-action gun without drawing the attention of the authorities. The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons.

"Our gun laws will change", Ardern said. However, these efforts were quashed due to the country's culture of hunting wildlife and a strong gun lobby group. The country has enjoyed low levels of gun violence.

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