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New Zealand mosque attack accused grins in court after being charged with murder

Australian-born Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, has confronted a Christchurch court that was charged with a count of murder. In the course of a brief appearance in Christchurch District Court he smiled slightly and presented a white power gesture.

The 28 year old accused Christchurch destruction gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant was dressed in a white custody outfit with a black sash around his waist and has made a white power sign from behind a glass window for the duration of a brief appearance in court.

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Tarrant, 28, is formerly from Grafton, New South Wales however more lately a resident of Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island.

Tarrant apparently live streamed himself on Facebook as he opened fire on the Al Noor Mosque at 1.30pm AEDT that left 49 mosque-goers dead.

A bundle of additional charges was expected.

The previous fitness trainer and self-professed fascist sometimes turned to look at media present in court in the course of the brief hearing that the public were left out from for safety motives.

Lined by armed police he rushed an upturned “okay” signal, a sign used by white power groups across the world. He did not appeal bail and was taken into supervision up to his next court appearance which is planned for April 5.

A small distance away, 39 people were being cured in hospital for gunfire injuries and other wounds caused in the massacre. Out of these injured people, it also comprised a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, who is in serious state.

Doctors at Christchurch hospital said they worked through the night in 12 operational halls to do what they may possibly do to save the survivors.

For many of the survivors, the recovery will need multiple surgical processes. Also the doctors said that their physical injuries will get healed sometimes but the mental scars of many survivors may never fully heal.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled attack on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques as terrorism as well as the deadliest attack directed in contradiction of Muslims in the West in modern times.

Ardern said the sufferers came from across the Muslim world, with various places such as Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia among the countries executing consular support.

While among the dead, there were one Saudi citizen and two Jordanians, on the other hand five Pakistani citizens were missing.

The attack has provoked an outburst of anguish and deep shock in this typically peaceful and hospitable country, which vanities itself on welcoming immigrants take off violence or oppression.

Even though shops were closed and many decided to stay at home, Christchurch inhabitants assembled bouquets of flowers at a makeshift memorial near the Al Noor mosque, many go together with with handwritten letters loaded with sadness and disbelief.

Ardern on Saturday said when he arrived in Christchurch that the shooter was not on any watch list and did not have a criminal record.

She said, “The offender was in possession of a gun licence” which was acquired in November 2017, and he started buying the weapons the next month.

She also included by saying,  “While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now — our gun laws will change”.