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They included a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, who is in critical condition. Health officials said 48 other people were being treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds. At one point he gazed around at the courtroom, which was packed with media. At least two Jordanian citizens were killed and five others wounded in the shootings, the country's Foreign Ministry said.

A number of onlookers told similar accounts of a young man creeping up behind the shooter and "hold him until his gun dropped".

Writing exclusively for the Daily Express, he said: "This is proof that terror has no religion".

"Indonesia strongly condemns this shooting act, especially at a place of worship while a Friday prayer was ongoing", Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a statement. "Together we will defeat those who seek to destroy our values, our way of life and seek to divide us".

Schools, institutions and workplaces went forced into lockdown for three and half hours on Friday afternoon as police hunted the shooters.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the terror attack was "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

He appeared in court a day after the shootings at the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid mosques.

Mr Javid launched a blistering attack on YouTube, Google, Facebook and Twitter, saying they failed to stop the online glorification of violent extremism. "To see so many innocent lives taken so callously and cruelly in this place of sanctuary is totally unacceptable". "Take some ownership. Enough is enough".

"The people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance".


"Both Martin and Lockie felt personally uncomfortable making the trip to Dunedin given the events in Christchurch, and also, the feelings and concerns of their partners and families", Auckland's high performance manager Simon Insley said.

"They were rural community cops I understand from Lincoln [a nearby town] who were present here".

A teary-eyed Ardern said she brought messages of love, support and grief on behalf of all New Zealanders to the crowd gathered at Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resources Centre. "Kia Kaha [stay strong]".

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

The online video footage, which appeared to have been captured on a camera strapped to the gunman's head, showed red petrol canisters in the back of his vehicle, along with weapons. The semi-automatic rifles used in the shooting were plastered with hand-written white supremacist slogans. One man escaped only to find his wife lying dead outside the mosque.

Grainy video apparently shot from a passing auto shows the gunman's light-colored vehicle at the side of a busy road, rammed against the curb by a police auto and with one of its front wheels suspended in the air.

The NYPD also deployed extra officers to mosques throughout the city during early morning prayer services.

The Queen of England released a statement, as did President Donald Trump along with many other world leaders.

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