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New Zealand mourns : Also in court, the offender shows his extreme right-wing attitude

The would-be assassin of Christchurch has sent his right-wing battle, written shortly before the attacks on new Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. The head of government confirmed on Sunday in Wellington, nine minutes before the beginning of the attacks on two mosques had gone on Friday an E-Mail to your office. No crime scenes or similar instructions, however, were called, with which the attacks could have been prevented.

The death toll has risen to 50. In one of the two mosques, a body was found, which was not counted previously. The first dead to be on Sunday to the families pass. This can then be started with the funerals. According to new Zealand media, all the victims are Muslims, reports the ages of two to 77 years. An official confirmation of the fact there is not. Of the several dozen injured, at least two were in danger of their lives.

Meanwhile, the police is convinced that the arrested man, a 28-year-old Australian, a single offender. Although there were four more arrests, obviously, but without connection to the crime. The alleged triggerman was overwhelmed by two police officers, after he had left the second mosque with his car. Apparently, he had planned more killings. "He had absolutely no intention of his attack to continue," said Ardern.

The head of government joined the speculation, according to which the Suspect is not in new Zealand, but in his native Australia before the court. Ardern said: "He is to stand trial before the new Zealand justice system for his terrorist attack." His 74-page polemic, which he had placed on the Internet, contains a number of extreme right-wing slogans. In the meantime, he sits in a high-security prison. Because of multiple murder, faces life in prison for him.

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With a helmet camera, he transferred the deed live on the Internet

To the court date the man in handcuffs and white prisoner was shown to clothes. In doing so, he showed the "Okay"sign to the cameras, as it is widely used in the English-speaking world: the thumb and index held together by a finger, the other fingers splayed irritating. In the extreme right-wing scene, this is also considered to be a gesture for "White Power" - the racist idea that people of color are more white skin is superior. His next court date, on 5 is. April. When the process starts is not fixed yet.

The offender shot and killed in a mosque in the city centre, first of all, 42 people, including several children. Then he brought in another mosque eight other people. With a helmet camera, he transferred the deed live on the Internet. A total of semi-automatic firearms and shotguns, and explosives were seized with him for five weapons. The man lived at last in the new Zealand city of Dunedin. He had since November of 2017, a weapons permit and was also a member in a shooting club.

As a reaction to the most brutal attack in the recent history of new Zealand, the government wants to toughen the gun laws. "Our gun laws will change," said Ardern. In the Pacific state you may have yet to a Review by the authorities at the age of 16 weapons. This requires a permit, must register the weapons but not all of them individually. New Zealand, with its nearly five million inhabitants yet remained of terrorism and mass shootings largely spared.

Christchurch is still in shock. In the vicinity of the crime scenes, many people laid down flowers and lit candles. Overall, it was in the city but much quieter than normal weekends. Many of the shops remained closed. On a Bank account for donations for the bereaved, several million euros were received in the meantime. Ardern said: "new Zealand is United in grief."

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With about 50 000 believers - many of them immigrants from countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh are Muslims in new Zealand a minority. Many of the victims were immigrants. Their families have roots in countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and India. The exact origin will be made known to the police but only when all the bodies are identified. (dpa)

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