New Zealand's prime minister swears tighter firearms legislation after attacking death toll in Christchurch terror to 50


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reiterated her promise for changes to the country's arms laws on Sunday, two days after a shooter killed 50 people in a terrorist attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

Arden told a press conference that laws must change and "they will change." She said her cabinet will discuss policy details on Monday.

New Zealand has fewer restrictions on guns or shotguns than many countries. Guns are more tightly controlled.

The death toll in the attack on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques rose to 50 people on Saturday, with victims ranging in age from 2 to over 60, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The services for the victims were held in churches throughout the country on Sunday and people laid flowers at memorial sites. A group of cyclists performed the haka – a traditional ceremonial dance of New Zealand Maori people – at the Christchurch memorial.

Thirty-nine people stay in the hospital and 11 are in critical care in critical condition, the Herald said. It was said that a 4-year-old child was taken to the Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland on New Zealand's North Island.

Relatives of the dead waited for authorities on Sunday to release the remains of their loved ones. According to Islamic law, bodies must be buried as quickly as possible, usually within 24 hours of death. Many of the victims were immigrants from Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, among others.

Ardern said a small number of bodies would be released to families on Sunday evening, and the authorities hoped to release them all by Wednesday.

Police chief Mike Bush said the police worked with pathologists and corpses to release the bodies as quickly as possible.

"We must be absolutely clear about the cause of death and confirm their identity before that can happen," he said. "But we are so aware of cultural and religious needs. So we do that as quickly and as sensitively as possible."

Police said they have released a provisional list of victims to families.

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A 28-year-old Australian man, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, appeared in court for the murder on Saturday. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" that more such costs would follow. The suspect was ordered to appear in court on April 5. Two other people, a man and a woman, who were arrested shortly after the shooting, were not linked to the shooter.

The alleged shooter, who described himself as a white supremacist, mailed a copy of a more than 70-page anti-immigrant program to the office of Ardern and more than 60 other recipients shortly before opening fire, according to reports in the media.

"I was one of more than 30 recipients of the manifesto sent nine minutes before the attack," Ardern told reporters Sunday, AFP reported.

"It didn't contain a location, it didn't contain specific details," she said. Ardern said the document was sent to security services within two minutes of receipt.

Fourteen-year-old Sayyad Milne was killed at the Al Noor mosque. His father, John Milne, described him as a & # 39; brave little soldier & # 39 ;, New Zealand Herald reported. The newspaper said that Sayyad visited the mosque with his mother and friends every Friday.

"I have lost my little boy," his father said, the Messenger said.

"I remember him as my baby that I almost lost when he was born, such a fight that he has had his entire life. A brave little soldier. It's so hard … just to see him shot by someone who didn't care about anyone. "

Contributions: Doug Stanglin and Dalvin Brown; The Associated Press

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