It is the worst attack of its kind in the country's history and was dubbed its "darkest day" by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Muslims account for just over one percent of New Zealand's population, while there are about 200,000 Indians or people of Indian origin in the Pacific island nation. Three individuals had been arrested by the law enforcement in the wake of the attacks, the prime minister continued, adding that one of them, an Australian national, would appear in court later on Saturday, charged with murder.
"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ardern told reporters in Christchurch.
In other parts of the manifesto, Tarrant explains that he carried out the attack to show "invaders that our lands will never be their lands" and that they will "never replace our people", while also accelerating a potential conflict between Western civilization and the Islamic world.
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said a man in custody was an Australian-born citizen, calling him an "extremist Right-wing violent terrorist".
The country's deadliest terror attack forced the cancellation of the third and final Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, whose players had a close shave.
Christchurch residents including the Muslim community are mourning the victims of the attacks. After the visit, Ardern travelled to a hospital at which 39 people are being treated from injuries.
New Zealand internationals Martin Guptill and Lockie Ferguson, who play first class cricket for Auckland, also withdrew from their team's match against Otago in Dunedin.
An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019. New Zealand's police commissioner, Mike Bush, said they were "working through" whether one or both of them had any involvement in this incident. He was wearing a tunic and was handcuffed.
He was remanded in custody and is set to reappear in court April 5.
"That's a challenge that we will look to address in changing our laws", she said.
Survivors could be seen spilling out of two Christchurch mosques on Friday afternoon with blood covering their clothes after suspected terrorist Brenton Tarrant, 28, unleashed hell.
"And that's why we can all stand together in support of our Muslim brothers and sisters who were the specific targets of this attack".
Ms Ardern spoke with victims of the sickening terror attack.
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The New Zealand premier said that he had been in possession of a "Category A" gun licence obtained in 2017.
A spokesperson for Facebook New Zealand had earlier said that the video was taken down.
Fuller says Tarrant's family is from the northern New South Wales town of Grafton and contacted police after seeing media reports of the shootings that killed at least 49.
US President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".
"I don't really", he said, "I think it's a small group of people with very serious problems".
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