The main suspect in New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass shooting intended to continue the rampage before he was caught by police, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday.
The statement came as the New Zealand prime minister arrived in Christchurch where she is due to visit victims in local hospitals
“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.
She added that 28-year-old suspect of Friday’s carnage, Brenton Harrison Tarrant who has already been charged with murder, will likely face further charges.
“I’m not privileged to a full breakdown at this point but it is clear that young children have been caught up in this horrific attack,” she said regarding victims of the attack.
Ardern also vowed to toughen the country’s gun laws after revealing the alleged shooter behind Christchurch’s mosque attacks had legally bought the five weapons, including two semi-automatic rifles, used in the massacre.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s cricket team left New Zealand on Saturday, less than 24 hours after narrowly avoiding being involved in the worst mass shooting in the country.
New Zealand will now have to accept that sporting events were likely to have been changed for ever.
New Zealand terror attack suspect who filmed himself rampaging through two mosques in Christchurch killing 49 worshipers appeared in court on a murder charge Saturday.
Australian-born terrorist appeared in the dock wearing handcuffs and a white prison shirt, sitting impassively as the judge read a single murder charge against him. A raft of further charges are expected.
Self-professed fascist occasionally turned to look and smirked at media present in court during the brief hearing that was held behind closed doors for security reasons.
He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance scheduled for April 5.
At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshipers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
The terrorist was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned terrorist attack in Christchurch city. Police also defused explosive devices in a car.
Forty-two people are still being treated in hospital for injuries, including a four-year-old child, New Zealand health authorities said.