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Tarrant, who appeared in court on March 16 charged with murder, on March 18 sacked his state-appointed lawyer.

According to reports from the Daily Mail, some victims came from as far away as Egypt, Delhi and Pakistan, with victims aged between three years old and 77.

Australian police raided two homes on Monday afternoon, at two locations in northern New South Wales, close to the suspect's home town of Grafton. Social media posts suggested his travels included trips as far afield as Pakistan and North Korea. The haka is a captivating ceremonial dance of New Zealand's Maori people, traditionally used on the battlefield but also used to mark the significance of an occasion, be it a celebration or a commemoration.

Australian Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder over the shootings in Christchurch on Friday.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the shooting an act of terrorism, and the worst-ever peacetime mass killing in the nation's history.

In the wake of Friday's horrific mass-shooting in Christchurch that left 50 people dead and scores more fighting for their lives in hospital, New Zealand's gun laws have come under vast public pressure as those across the country try to come to terms with the shocking tragedy.

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Speaking after her weekly cabinet meeting Monday evening, Ardern told reporters that ministers had agreed "in principle" to reform gun laws. "He seemed to understand what was going on", Peters said.

Tipple said the online purchases followed a police-verified online mail-order process and the store detected nothing extraordinary about the license holder.

If found guilty, he could face up to 14 years' jail.

Violent crime is rare in New Zealand and police do not usually carry guns. "It's a very closely knitted community so, yeah, it's like we lost all the good people there".

The gun-rights Facebook group Kiwi Gun Blog also collected accounts of additional purchases of semi-automatic weapons, ammunition and magazines around the country.

"What happened to our community here will happen to another community", he said.

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On Monday, the family was still waiting for the release of Hussein's body.

Authorities have been racing to identify the 50 people killed, with Islamic tradition calling for a person to be buried as soon as possible after death - ideally within 24 hours. The father was shot and the son was injured but they both survived.

The victims' names were not made public but a preliminary list has been shared with families, police said Sunday.

Authorities have said that 31 people are still in hospital, with nine of them in a critical condition. "On the farm they are a useful tool in some circumstances, but my convenience doesn't outweigh the risk of misuse", John Hart, a farmer and Green Party candidate from Masterton said on Twitter on Monday.

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said it was "absurd" to draw a connection between Trump's many statements about immigration and the admitted shooter's words on the subject, spelled out in a lengthy manifesto that referred to immigrants as "invaders within our lands" and called Trump "a symbol of renewed white identity and common goal".

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Last year, he vowed to take court action against police after a denied import application for semi-automatic rifles and parts. Gun City owner David Tipple said the alleged gunman bought four weapons and ammunition between December 2017 and March 2018.


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