New Zealand Shooter Barefoot, Handcuffed, Smirks In Court

New Zealand Shooter Barefoot, Handcuffed, Smirks In Court

New Zealand Shooter Barefoot, Handcuffed, Smirks In Court 

New Delhi: Around 49 people have been killed in the twin shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. Nine people from India or of Indian origin have gone missing after the incident, said the Indian envoy in New Zealand. The arrest of a 28-year-old main suspect has been made in the attack.

An Australian citizen, Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared before a local court in Christchurch today and was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5.

The suspect was handcuffed, barefoot wearing a white prison suit and did not speak. Tarrant smirked when media persons photographed him during the hearing and was seen making the white power gesture, New Zealand Herald reported.

Brenton Tarrant, throughout the hearing had a cut on his upper lip, remained silent and looked at the media persons in the public gallery.

The suspect court-appointed lawyer made no application for bail or name suppression. The police said that he was likely to face further charges, police said.

Around 49 people have been killed in the twin shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. Nine people from India or of Indian origin have gone missing after the incident, said the Indian envoy in New Zealand. The attack claimed the life of two Indians and a third is battling for his life, Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AIMIM (All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party)  has said.  

"As per updates received from multiple sources there are 9 missing persons of indian nationality/ origin. Official confirmation still awaited. Huge crime against humanity. Our prayers with their families," High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli tweeted.

Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern labelled the attack as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.

The Prime Minister said that the country's gun laws will be changed and toughened after the attack. Tarrant, obtained a "Category A" gun licence in November 2017 and began purchasing the five weapons used in Friday's attacks the following month, she said.

She said that the firearms included two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action weapon, while speaking to reporters in Wellington before heading to Christchurch.

(With inputs from ANI and Reuters)