Australian charged with murder after mosque shootings

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A 28-year-old Australian man has been charged with murder after a terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand left 49 people killed.

Brenton Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, appeared in court on Saturday morning, a day after the usually peaceful nation suffered its deadliest terror attack.

He stood silently in the Christchurch District Court, smirking when media photographed him in the dock where he was flanked by two police officers.

He appeared to be making a gesture with his hands which has been interpreted by some as a white supremacist sign, while others believe it is a reference to an online joke.

During a brief hearing at Christchurch District Court, Tarrant was remanded without a plea. He is due back in court on 5 April and police said he was likely to face further charges.

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Australian charged with murder after mosque shootings



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Tarrant is accused of murdering a man, whose name was suppressed by Judge Paul Kellar on the grounds of undue hardship to his family in Christchurch yesterday.

Dozens were injured in the attacks at al Noor and Linwood mosques. Eleven people are still in a critical condition.

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The gunman filmed himself in his car before he carried out the attacks and also live-streamed the atrocity when he attacked the al Noor mosque packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers.

Sky News has decided not to show the video.

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Australian charged with murder after mosque shootings



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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the terror attacks marked “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”. She promised that gun laws would be changed.

The mayor of Christchurch in New Zealand said the shootings were an “act of cowardice” and the attacker came with “hate in his heart”.

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Australian charged with murder after mosque shootings



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