Along with the individuals killed within the assault Friday, a further 50 others have been wounded within the shootings, authorities mentioned. Of the injured victims, 34 stay in Christchurch Hospital, together with 12 in intensive care.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned Sunday that authorities had began returning recognized our bodies to households, and all our bodies might be returned by Wednesday.
Six catastrophe sufferer identification consultants have traveled from Australia to assist hasten the method, she mentioned.
New Zealand police described efforts to establish the victims as “detailed and complicated work” that should be accomplished completely.
“It is important we’ve got certainty round reason for dying for any future courtroom proceedings,” Detective Superintendent Peter Learn mentioned.
Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall addressed the difficulties confronted by authorities in accurately figuring out the our bodies of the victims of Friday’s terror assault.
“There may very well be nothing worse than giving the incorrect physique to the incorrect household,” Marshall mentioned. “This isn’t going to occur right here.”
Talking on the identical press convention, deputy police chief Wally Haumaha mentioned that authorities are working carefully with imams and the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand.
“We acknowledge that the final 48 hours have been essentially the most horrific in these households’ lives. We perceive it’s an added trauma for them that they haven’t been in a position to bury their family members rapidly, in keeping with their spiritual responsibility,” mentioned Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha.
“That is an unprecedented occasion and the assist of the Muslim leaders and their group has been invaluable.”
The victims’ names weren’t made public however a preliminary checklist has been shared with households, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush mentioned Sunday.
Two days after the shootings, Brenton Harris Tarrant, 28, seems to be the one individual in custody who has been linked to the assault.
Three different individuals who have been initially detained weren’t concerned within the assaults, Bush mentioned, however authorities aren’t ruling out the opportunity of different suspects.
“I cannot be saying something conclusive till we’re completely satisfied as to how many individuals have been concerned, however we hope to have the ability to give that recommendation over the following few days,” the police commissioner mentioned.
Graphic video raises questions over offensive content material
Tarrant live-streamed the assault on Fb and the graphic video was copied and reshared by customers of the platform.
Fb eliminated 1.5 million movies of the New Zealand mosque assault within the first 24 hours, the social media firm tweeted Sunday.
Of the 1.5 million deleted movies, Fb says over 1.2 million have been blocked on the level of add.
Moreover, all edited variations of the video that do not present the graphic content material have been additionally eliminated “out of respect for the individuals affected by this tragedy and the issues of native authorities,” Mia Garlick, of Fb New Zealand tweeted.
Friday’s horrendous video has reignited questions on how social media platforms deal with offensive content material, with many questioning if firms are doing sufficient to attempt to catch any such hate-filled content material.
Tarrant additionally despatched an 87-page manifesto to Ardern minutes earlier than the assault started.
The doc, additionally posted on social media earlier than the capturing, was full of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim screeds. Authorities have declined to debate potential motives for the assault.
Tarrant, who’s dealing with one homicide cost, made a hand gesture related to white supremacists when he appeared in courtroom Saturday.
He was remanded in custody and can reappear in courtroom April 5.
Some victims had discovered refuge in New Zealand
A Syrian refugee, a Pakistani tutorial and their sons have been among the many 50 individuals killed, members of the family and nonprofit organizations confirmed.
Syrian refugee Khaled Mustafa and his household moved to New Zealand in 2018 as a result of they noticed it as a protected haven, Syrian Solidarity New Zealand mentioned on its Fb web page.
He was on the mosque along with his two sons for Friday prayers when the shooter opened fireplace. His older son, Hamza Mustafa, 14, was killed and his youthful son was wounded.
Victims hailed from all over the world. Naeem Rashid, 50, and his son, Talha Rashid, 21, have been amongst six Pakistanis who have been killed within the mosques, in keeping with Mohammad Faisal, spokesman for Pakistan’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs.
Makeshift memorials have sprung up within the space across the mosques, with flowers and notes bearing messages of hope and love.
“They could take our innocence however we’ll present the world the which means of affection and compassion,” mentioned one word taped to flowers left on a street divider.
Survivors tried to warn others
Earlier than two frivolously armed group cops ended the assault by operating the gunman’s automotive to the facet of the street, some tried to elude the suspect, in keeping with survivors.
Survivor Ahmed Khan, after dodging a bullet fired by the shooter, ran to a mosque to warn others.
Inside he discovered a pal bleeding — he had simply been shot in his proper arm. “I mentioned to him, ‘Relax, the police is right here now,'” Khan recalled. “After which the gunman got here via the window and shot him — after I was holding him — within the head. And he was lifeless.”
In video of the assault posted on-line by the shooter, he’s greeted as he arrives on the first location, the Al Noor mosque, by a person who says “hi there brother.” Lower than a second later, the attacker raises his semi-automatic shotgun and fires his first photographs.
Suspect traveled to Turkey and Pakistan
Tarrant is an Australian citizen who had been residing within the southern metropolis of Dunedin, about 225 miles from Christchurch, Ardern mentioned. He had traveled all over the world and was in New Zealand sporadically, she added.
Officers mentioned he had no prison historical past in New Zealand or Australia and had not drawn the eye of the intelligence group for extremist views.
Tarrant visited Pakistan final October and a senior Turkish official advised CNN that Tarrant traveled to Turkey a variety of occasions and spent “an prolonged time period” there. Turkey is “at present investigating the suspect’s actions and contacts inside the nation,” the official advised CNN. The suspect may have traveled to different international locations in Europe, Asia and Africa, the official added.
Lawmakers will meet for coverage modifications
“I can inform you one factor proper now — our gun legal guidelines will change,” Ardern advised reporters on Saturday. She mentioned the Cupboard will meet Monday to have preliminary coverage discussions on gun coverage points.
The Prime Minister confirmed that her workplace obtained an e-mail with Tarrant’s hateful, racist manifesto 9 minutes earlier than he shot worshipers on the Al Noor mosque. Nonetheless, the e-mail didn’t embrace a time, location or particular particulars of the assault, Ardern mentioned, and it was given to safety inside two minutes of receipt.
CNN’s Nicole Chavez, Angus Watson, Mohammed Tawfeeq, Susanna Capelouto and Sophia Saifi contributed to this report.