New Zealand attack suspect appears in court

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Brenton Tarrant, 28, appeared in court on Saturday in relation to the mosque attacks.

The main suspect of killing 49 people in shootings at mosques in New Zealand on Friday, has appeared in court on a single murder charge.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, was brought to the dock in a white prison shirt and handcuffs.

Further charges are expected to be made against him.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Mr Tarrant had five guns and a firearms licence, adding: “Our gun laws will change.”

Two others are in custody. None of those detained had a criminal record.

Mr Tarrant, who stood silently during the brief hearing, was remanded in custody without plea and is due to appear in court again on April 5.

Ms Ardern called the attack “an act of terror”.

The first person to be publicly identified has been named as 71-year-old Daoud Nabi, originally from Afghanistan.

 

Sammie Idika