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Christchurch attacker appears in court

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28 appeared in court on today (16) as the main suspect in the mosque shootings that killed 49 people in New Zealand.

PM Jacinda Ardern said Mr Tarrant had five guns and a firearms licence, adding: “Our gun laws will change.”

Two others are in custody. None of those detained had a criminal record. The suspect was remanded in custody without plea and is due appear in court again on 5 April for further proceedings. 

A total of 48 people were wounded in the shootings. Among those injured are two young boys – aged two and 13. Eleven of those being treated at Christchurch Hospital are in a critical condition in intensive care. The identities of the other victims have not yet been released. 

On Saturday (16), Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel expressed “revulsion” at this “act of terrorism”.

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