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Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, stood silently in the Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea.

According to the Independent, the suspects are alleged to have called people attending Friday prayers at a near-by mosque "terrorists'".

He added that one of his friends had died of his injuries and another is still in hospital.

Director-General of the Pacific Community (SPC) Colin Tukuitonga also showed his support for New Zealand and those who lost loved ones. So I think it's really important to bring your little ones.

She confirmed that the gunman and two suspected associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies, even though he had published a manifesto online indicating plans for attacks on Muslims. She asserted that New Zealand "will not and can not be shaken" by this attack.

The attack, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.

Police presence in Christchurch and around the country was heightened while families arrived to streets near the mosques with tributes for the victims. "We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things".

"We represent diversity and compassion, a home for those who share our values, a refuge for those who need it". At least two Jordanian citizens were killed and five others wounded in the shootings, the country's Foreign Ministry said.

The New Zealand PM flew into Christchurch on Saturday, where she met with families and Muslim community leaders.

Jordan's King Abdullah II tweeted that "the heinous massacre against Muslims praying in peace in New Zealand is an appalling terrorist crime". The other two remain in custody but their role in the shootings remains unclear. He claimed to represent Europeans and whites in a battle against immigrants, people he repeatedly described as "invaders". He assured all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his "heartfelt solidarity". "Our investigations are in their early stages and we will be looking closely to build a picture of any of the individuals involved and all of their activities prior to this horrific event", Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

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Flowers and a New Zealand national flag are seen at a memorial as tributes to victims of the mosque attacks near Linwood mosque in Christchurch March 16, 2019.

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo condemned the attacks, in which an Indonesian father and son were among those wounded.

Our thoughts and our prayers are with those who have been impacted today.

A video that was apparently livestreamed by the shooter shows the attack in horrifying detail.

Gray's speculation was backed up by a rambling, hate-filled, manifesto Tarrant posted to social media ahead of the Christchurch killings.

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. He said he wants the city's Muslims to know that New Yorkers "truly embrace" them and "have their backs". Facebook said later that it had removed both the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts, and taken down the video after the shooting and all posts supporting the attack.

Tarrant appeared in court on Saturday.

This is a developing story.

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said he spoke to one of the Trustees of the Festival last night about the decision, and why it was made. We will update as the situation develops.

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