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New Zealand shooting: mosque massacre suspect appears in court – latest updates

An Australian man has been charged with murder over the massacre of 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, appeared in the Christchurch district court on Saturday morning.

He is accused of murdering a man, whose name was suppressed by Judge Paul Kellar on grounds of undue hardship to his family.

No application for bail was made. Tarrant was remanded in custody without plea to the high court in Christchurch on 5 April.

He appeared in court in white prison clothing, handcuffed and barefoot. He did not speak.

After Tarrant left the court, the judge said that while “there is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others”.

Earlier, New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said Tarrant had been charged with one count of murder, with other charges to follow.

“I want to reassure all New Zealanders that we are doing absolutely everything in our power to respond to this attack, and deploying all available resources in communities across New Zealand,” Bush said.

Tarrant, who grew up in the New South Wales town of Grafton, had been living in the southern city of Dunedin, about 360km south of Christchurch.

New Zealand police closed the Christchurch court to the public over security concerns, but the media was able to attend.

Australian police are investigating Tarrant’s connections around Grafton.

“I can advise that he was not known to authorities here in terms of extremism and those sorts of issues,” acting deputy commissioner Mick Willing said.

The right-wing extremist who filmed himself on a rampage that left 49 mosque-goers dead flashes a white power sign as he appears in a New Zealand court charged with murder

NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller said Australian police would investigate to help New Zealand authorities and also “make sure that he hasn’t slipped through the cracks” in Australia, but said there were “no links back to New South Wales at the moment”.

The city has united in grief in grief, with floral tributes being laid at mosques across the country, including at the botanic gardens close to the sites of both attacks. Religious leaders and charitable organisations have flocked to the area to offer support.

Global reaction

“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Ms Ardern told reporters.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she mourned “with New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques”.

And French President Emmanuel Macron called it an “odious attack” and said France stood “against any form of extremism”.

Media Coverage

The massacre of at least 49 people in a terror attack in New Zealand has dominated newspaper front pages across the globe. Here is how they covered it.

New Zealand

The country’s media has marked the gun massacre at two mosques in Christchurch as “one of darkest days” in the country’s history.

The Press, Christchurch’s most prominent newspaper – and one of the largest circulation papers in New Zealand – has a striking front page, showing survivors and declaring the attack to have brought about the “end of innocence”. It is a common theme among domestic papers.

UK

The Guardian focused on the white supremacist views expressed by the man charged with murder and notes that social media firms have been criticised for their role.

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