New Zealand Picks Up the Pieces After Christchurch Massacre

That's according to Muath Elyan, Mohammed's brother, who said he spoke to Mohammed's wife after the shooting.

In signs police say show a well-planned attack, army personnel were also called in to dismantle explosive devices found in a stopped auto and officers were on Friday evening searching a house in Dunedin, 360 kilometres away, clearing nearby homes for safety. An officer stopped him.

Huang Yan, the manager of the Christchurch branch of China's Southern Airlines, told Xinhua the mass shooting would bring negative impact on New Zealand tourism as Christchurch has just been recovered from the aftermath of the 2011 deadly quake.

Ardern, wearing a black headscarf, met with survivors and victims' families Saturday at a college which has become an information centre for those affected by the tragedy.

Residents pay their respects at Hagley College for the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch. There were also "possibly" two improvised explosive devices on one vehicle, Bush said.

Police said it is in response to the deadly mass shootings in Christchurch, NZ.

"There's not many words that I can put to what has happened here because it's so calm and relaxed", he said.

Nearby, Akhtar Khokhur leaned on the shoulders of her friend and cried as she held up her cellphone with an image of her husband.

In Australia, which is seen as culturally similar to New Zealand and has lively farming and hunting communities, the catalyst for outlawing high-powered weapons was the shooting of 35 people at Port Arthur in Tasmania in 1996.

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand Saturday

"We feel that we are living in the safest country in the world".

When Ahmed Khan moved to New Zealand as a refugee from Afghanistan 12 years ago, he thought he had left violence and death behind. The couple was due to fly out Sunday.

He spent more than two minutes inside the Al Noor mosque spraying terrified worshippers with bullets, coldly executing some people he'd already mowed down, before calmly reloading and even swapping rifles. They have not heard from him since. Shortly before the attack, he published a 73-page "manifesto" in which he vowed "revenge" against Muslim "invaders" and said he was inspired by Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.

Seven were killed at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and one person died later at Christchurch Hospital. More people were killed in an attack on a second mosque a short time later.

Facebook, Twitter and Google scrambled to take down the gunman's video, which was widely available on social media for hours after the bloodbath.

Officers also discovered explosive devices in a auto, which were defused. The attacks killed 49 people and injured 42 others, of those injured, several remain in critical condition.

Condemning the terror strike, Ardern had described it as a "terror attack" and said it "appears to have been well planned". There is growing mainstream acceptance of the "Islamization" conspiracy, says Lydia Khalil, a terrorism expert at Australian think-tank the Lowy Institute. That shooting led to a 1993 amendment to the country's gun laws to regulate the use of military-style semi-automatic firearms.

Underlining that the "time has come for change", Jacinda Ardern said that five guns were used by the perpetrator, including two semi-automatic weapons, and two shotguns.

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