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She says security authorities were aware of a global rise in violent rightwing extremism but that this individual was not on any watchlist for New Zealand or Australia.
Further work will be done to ascertain if he should have been.
She says the weapons used in the attack were modified and praised the two police officers who arrested the man. They were rural community cops from Lincoln, she said. They âput New Zealand firstâ.
Semi-automatic weapons will be banned â attorney general
New Zealandâs attorney general, David Parker, has warned of a global rise in extremism and said the government would ban semi-automatic rifles, the New Zealand Herald has reported.
He reportedly made the remarks at a vigil in Aucklandâs Aotea Square to loud cheers.
âThere is a dimming of enlightenment in many parts of the world,â he is quoted as saying, asking how can it be right that the atrocity was livestreamed and broadcast by social media companies.
His comments follow an earlier promise from the prime minister that gun laws will be changed. She said the main suspect had five firearms on him, including two semi-automatic weapons.
A Gold Coast man with ties to Christchurch makes a very heartfelt appeal, both to the public in general, and to politicians specifically.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to speak to the media in the coming hours. She visited the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch this morning, meeting people along with deputy PM WInston Peters and opposition National party leader Simon Bridges.
Bridges said: âThis is not something that has happened to just the Islamic community, just Christchurch. It has happened to all New Zealanders. It is foreign to everything we believe, our values, tolerance and peaceful living, and getting along with one another.â
Terrorist attacks of the nature seen in Christchurch are incredibly rare to New Zealand â this was the worst mass shooting in its history â however that is not the case for other countries.
Lois Beckett, a senior Guardian reporter in the US who specialises in covering the far-right, says Fridayâs killings âappear to be the latest in a drumbeat of attacks motivated by the belief that the white race is endangered. The perceived threats include Jews, Muslims, immigrants, refugees, feminists and leftist politicians.â
You can read more here.
Some images from reporter Melissa Davey, who is in Christchurch
New Zealandâs top-tier rugby league club is offering free entry for todayâs season-opening match against Australiaâs Canterbury Bulldogs as a way for New Zealanders to unite.
CEO Cameron George said: âNew Zealand is hurting. We are New Zealandâs team in the NRL [National Rugby League] and we want the public to join us this evening to acknowledge collectively those who have been affected by the heinous act in our country.â
You can read more about the match, in Aucklandâs Mount Smart stadium, here.