Canadian singer Bryan Adams cancels concert following mass shooting at Christchurch mosques

Canadian singer Bryan Adams cancels concert following mass shooting at Christchurch mosques

NZ Police have announced the Christchurch court where Tarrant is due to appear will be closed to public over security concerns, but media will still be able to attend.

Tarrant, who is yet to be named by police, identified himself online as behind the shooting that began as hundreds of worshippers gathered for prayers in the South Island city on Friday.

New Zealand's prime minister says the "primary perpetrator" in Friday's mosque shootings was a licensed gun owner and legally acquired the five guns used in the shootings.

The chief suspect live-streamed the assault on Facebook from a head-mounted camera, and the footage showed how victims were killed inside one of the mosques.

The manifesto is full of conspiracy theories about matters such as "white genocide", the most recent indication that the white nationalist movement and ideology has expanded globally.

The document was posted on Twitter and 8chan, a website known for extremist right-wing discourse. Dozens of others were wounded. Police also defused explosive devices found in a auto.

Commissioner Bush said part of the investigation will be "to look back at every possibility to ensure that we, in law enforcement and security, didn't miss any opportunities to prevent this horrendous event".

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New Zealand's gun laws have remained largely unchanged since 1992, when the 1983 law was toughened in response to another massacre in which 13 people died.

Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.

"While some of our elected leaders sadly choose not to mention "Muslim" or "mosque" while denouncing the Christchurch attacks, the reality is that these horrific shootings and the Quebec City mosque attack on January 29, 2017, have left Canadian Muslim communities - and indeed, Muslims around the world - feeling very vulnerable and unsafe", wrote the Council's executive director Ihsaan Gardee.

Ibrahim said he managed to escape via the backdoor of the mosque: "Lots of people we were inside and there was a door on the right side for the ladies entrance section".

New Zealand police lifted a city-wide lockdown that was imposed in Christchurch after the attacks.

Thursday's attacks are unprecedented in New Zealand, a country of 4.5 million people that prides itself on its social diversity. In fact, for many, New Zealand was a choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to, the place they were raising their families, where they were part of communities they loved and who loved them. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home.

"As Canadians are learning the horrific details of last night's terror attack at two New Zealand mosques, I wish to express both my deep sadness at the tragic loss of innocent life and my profound condemnation of this cowardly and hateful attack on the Muslim community", it said.

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