The shootings suspect, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, appeared in court Saturday amid strict security, shackled and wearing all-white prison garb, and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge.
He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance scheduled for April 5. Police have warned the public that sharing the video is an offence and social media companies have said they are trying to scrub it from their platforms. More people were killed in an attack on a second mosque a short time later. The suspect appeared to be a white supremacist motivated by US -based extremism, having posted a manifesto online declaring his hatred for Muslims and idolizing USA extremist movements.
The AP also reported that Tarrant, who has donated to a number of white nationalist groups but has no other direct affiliation with them, allegedly was given personal approval by Breivik to commit the mosque attacks in Christchurch, though this has yet to be verified.
A 24-year-old man from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was arrested on Saturday after posting comments online supporting the slaughter, Greater Manchester Police said.More news: VW's Diess apologizes for Nazi gaffe
At least one Palestinian died, Palestine's ambassador to Australia and New Zealand said in a statement. Mr Bush said the woman had been released without charge.
None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.More news: Uber plans to kick off IPO
In response to the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the massacre as a "terrorist attack" at a news conference, saying: "These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world".
Showing hallmarks of John Howard's leadership after Port Arthur, the Christchurch shootings will be a key chapter in Ms Ardern's political career. What happened is abhorrent.
Some families and friends of the missing continued to wait for information about their loved ones as night fell on Saturday local time and a tight-knit community of Muslims mourned alongside the country and the world. "If they are not of our people, but live in our lands, they must be removed".
"As a Member of our Pacific community, we stand with you shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart in this hard time coming to grips with what has happened".More news: Neil deGrasse Tyson Cleared in Sexual Misconduct Probe, Will Return to TV
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".