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41 of the victims were killed at Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and seven died at Linwood mosque.

Wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant appeared handcuffed and barefoot. Australian-born Brenton Harrison Tarrant did not seek a name suppression during his court appearance and is said to have shown no signs of remorse.

New Zealand is also generally considered to be welcoming to migrants and refugees.

The suspect will remain in custody without a plea and will appear in court again on April 5.

The head of the New Zealand Police Association, Chris Cahill, welcomed Ardern's comments and said previous attempts to introduce gun controls had failed partly because of diehard opponents to reform.

At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques during midday prayers on Friday and dozens more were wounded, some critically. Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population.

President Donald Trump broke his silence on the tragedy and sent his condolences to the country, while not mentioning the suspects targeting Muslims or the rise of White Supremacy.

Tarrant had live-streamed a video of himself opening fire at one of the two mosques on social media, according to AFP.

In the 74-page manifesto he left behind, Tarrant talks about an "invasion" from India, along with China and Turkey, and defines the three countries as "potential nation enemies in the East".

Shortly before the shooting, Grafton allegedly posted links to a manifesto titled "The Great Replacement" declaring his intentions. Roma, African, Indian, Turkish, Semitic or other. In other forums, people discussed Muslim food restrictions as they prepared to drop off meals for those affected.

Pakistan's foreign minister says at least six Pakistanis were killed in the New Zealand mosque shootings.

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Members of the Toronto Police force sit in their vehicle outside the Madinah Masjid mosque as people arrive for Jumu'ah prayer service on Danforth Ave. on Friday, March 15, 2019. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

Police throughout the GTA have increased security around religious institutions.

A third man has also been charged, but is not believed to have been directly involved in the attacks.

Two other people have been apprehended and are being questioned about what role, if any, they had in the attacks.

Ardern said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who bought the five guns used in the crimes legally.

She said, "The mere fact... that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that".

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

Neither she nor the police wanted a large, uniformed, armed police presence.

The death toll stands at 49, and 39 people are being cared for in Christchurch Hospital.

"Last night we were able to take all the victims from all scenes", he said. "But we are so aware of the cultural and religious needs, so we are doing that as quickly and sensitively as possible", Bush said.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said he welcomed Ardern's proposed changes to gun laws.

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