Judge orders suspected New Zealand mosque shooter's face blurred in photos

Brenton Tarrant appeared in court charged with the murder of 49 people

Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

The suspect appeared before a Christchurch court on murder charges, in white prison clothing, barefoot and handcuffed.

He has so far been charged with one count of murder, although judge Paul Kellar said it's "reasonable to assume" that more charges will follow, after yesterday's deadly shooting.

Tarrant has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on April 5.

Less than 24 hours after the massacre, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was already vowing to change the country's gun laws, though she didn't immediately specify how.

Gun control experts told the Guardian such weapons can be easily converted into a military-style semi-automatic rifle using a high-capacity magazine, the sale of which is not regulated in New Zealand.

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.

At least 49 people were killed during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Forty-one people were killed at one mosque, and seven people were killed at the second mosque.

Pacific Islands Forum Chair and president of Nauru Baron Waqa expressed his "deepest condolences" to the people and government of New Zealand on what he called a sad day for Christchurch and a sad day for the region.

"And I see it's a horrific crime, beyond proportions, and I think the only positive thing is that it brings people together".

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District Commander John Price, who was in charge of Friday's operation, told reporters on Saturday he was happy with the response.

"Both Martin and Lockie felt personally uncomfortable making the trip to Dunedin given the events in Christchurch, and also, the feelings and concerns of their partners and families", said Auckland Cricket High Performance Manager Simon Insley.

The attacker has not been named, but Australia's prime minister said he was an Australian citizen and described him as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

She said: "New Zealanders will question how someone can come into being in possession of weapons of this nature". The UK stands ready to support New Zealand however we can.

In Hamilton, police said they had increased their presence at all area mosques and other places of worship after connecting with leaders in the Islamic community.

Bishop of Polynesia - The Most Reverend Fereimi Cama said the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia unequivocally condemned this act of terrorism.

Although shops were shuttered and many chose to stay at home Saturday, bouquets of flowers piled up at a makeshift memorial near the Al Noor mosque, many accompanied with handwritten letters laden with sadness and disbelief.

The footage shows him returning to the mosque, shooting a woman outside, and getting back in his vehicle. In addition to the 49 killed at the two mosques, dozens of others were wounded or are missing.

Ardern said the main perpetrator used five weapons during his rampage, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, which he was legally licensed to own. She said authorities were working to ensure that bodies could be identified and repatriated quickly to allow for proper Muslim burials.

Facebook and other social media that carried the video struggled to purge it from their networks, earning rebukes from the public and industry experts for not acting swiftly enough.