What we know so far about the Christchurch mosque attack suspect

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand on Friday. Multiple people are in custody after shootings at two mosques there

A suspect in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday appeared in court on Saturday and was charged with murder.

Dressed in a white prison tunic, handcuffed and flanked by two police officers, Tarrant stood passively in the dock.

Tarrant has been identified as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity.

After Tarrant left, the judge said that while "there is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others". He is due back in court on April 5 and police said he was likely to face further charges.

In the aftermath, the country's threat level was raised from low to high, police warned Muslims against going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand, and the national airline cancelled several flights in and out of Christchurch, a city of almost 400,000.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating natural disaster in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people. Two Indians have died in the attacks, a third person is battling for his life, Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party) said.

Calling it a well-planned terrorist attack, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the main suspect was a licensed gun owner who used five weapons during his rampage, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns.

Ardern alluded at a news conference to anti-immigrant sentiment as the possible motive, saying that while many people affected by the shootings may be migrants or refugees, "they have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home".

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.

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She pronounced it "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Authorities were working to find out how he had obtained the weapons and a license, and how he was able to enter the country to carry out the attack, she said.

Mohammed Elyan, a Jordanian in his 60s who co-founded one of the mosques in 1993, was among those wounded, as was his son, Atta, who is in his 30s.

President Donald Trump, who has a record of Islamophobic rhetoric, online behavior and policies, tweeted out his "warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand. Officials have not yet confirmed the identity of the man charged, or that Tarrant is the man who appears in a video that was livestreamed on Facebook depicting the attack from the vantage point of the gunman.

But Yasalar said there is no escaping the horrendous magnitude of the events in Christchurch. "They have no place in New Zealand". "I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

He then walks outside to the street, where he shoots at people on the sidewalk.

Dr. Sinan Yasalar, media relations director for the Windsor Islamic Association, said the targeted attacks on Muslims in the west have taken their toll on the community.

However, the weapons were not legal as they were found by police after the attack.

After going back outside and shooting a woman there, he got back in his vehicle where a song can be heard blasting. We have seen too many instances of vicious attacks in mosques, synagogues, temples, churches and other houses of worship, and it is time to say, "No More!", reads the statement. The singer bellowed "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drove off before police even arrived. He also apparently smirked at photographers, according to the New Zealand Herald.

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