Christchurch shooting: Guns used in attack were modified, says PM

Chicago Muslim groups step up security after New Zealand mosque attacks

When asked what he thought of the prime minister suggesting there should be a change in New Zealand's gun laws, the police commissioner said he was "happy to hear" that.

Later, Ms Ardern also visited the local hospitals to inquire after the people who were injured in Friday's terror attack.

The New Zealand premier said that he had been in possession of a "Category A" gun licence obtained in 2017.

In contrast, President Donald Trump has repeatedly told mourning Americans in the wake of shootings that stricter gun control would make the country more unsafe, not less.

The Super Rugby match between the Otago Highlanders and Canterbury Crusaders scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled after the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday killed 49 people.

On Friday, an important weekly day of worship within the Islamic faith, he proceeded to live-stream a 17-minute video of the 36-minute attack as he opened fire in both locations, killing 49 people and wounding dozens of others.

In a news conference on Saturday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stressed that families that lost a loved one - particularly one they were dependent on - are entitled to compensation for several years.

Tarrant was also purportedly inspired to commit the mosque shootings by Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Oslo in 2011.

Despite mentioning Roof, it was Breivik, who her referred to as "Knight Justiciar Breivik", as a person he "took true inspiration from", wrote Tarrant.

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. The suspect may also have traveled to other countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, the official added.

In 2014, police estimated there were up to 1.2 million legal firearms in civilian ownership, or around one for every four members of the public - twice the per capita number of guns in Australia.

Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were found in a vehicle and neutralised by the military, while police raided a home in the southern city of Dunedin, where Ms Ardern said the suspect was based.

The country's deadliest terror attack forced the cancellation of the third and final Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, whose players had a close shave. At least one Palestinian died, Palestine's ambassador to Australia and New Zealand said in a statement.

He was remanded in custody and is set to reappear in court April 5. "Now is the time for change", she said.

Numerous victims hailed from around the world.

"It's a fine line between telling the children this is the reality of it", he said, "and not exposing them to the true nature of humanity that can lead to this sort of thing".

The word repeated over and over across New Zealand is "Why?"

Ansun Zhong, owner of Chong's Chinese restaurant in Christchurch City Central, said the shooting greatly affected people's life in Christchurch.

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