Mohammad Imran Khan, a 47-year-old man who owned two restaurants in Christchurch died in the Lynwood mosque.
Police and military personnel walk at the carpark compound of the district court after Friday's mosque attacks, in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2019.
Instead, the 52-year-old ended up in surgery to have a bullet removed from his spine after he dove in front of his two sons to protect them from a gunman who stormed the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch last Friday. He killed 41 people at Al Noor, before killing seven at another mosque nearby.
Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims.
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Bush said that heightened security around mosques in New Zealand will continue until authorities determine there is no longer a threat.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that the first of the bodies would be released on Sunday afternoon.
No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.
A spokesman said the email did not describe the specific incident and that there was "nothing in the content or timing that would have been able to prevent the attack".
Anyone over 16 can apply for a New Zealand firearms licence, valid for 10 years after completing a safety course and a police background check. The number of people injured in the attacks was also 50, of whom 36 remained in hospital.More news: Australia now eye World Cup crown
The Prime Minister said the advice she had received from police indicated that the timing of the email and the information it contained did not provide enough time for response.
The scale of the tragedy and the task still ahead became clear as supporters arrived from across the country to help with the burial rituals in Christchurch and authorities sent in backhoes to dig new graves in a Muslim burial area that was newly fenced off and blocked from view with white netting. "New Zealand is home for all of us, and this despicable act will not change that feeling of closeness in us". "To see so many innocent lives taken so callously and cruelly in this place of sanctuary is totally unacceptable".
A suspect in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday appeared in court on Saturday and was charged with murder.
When asked what he thought of the prime minister suggesting there should be a change in New Zealand's gun laws, the police commissioner said he was "happy to hear" that.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Pacific Area Presidency also released a statement of support for Muslim communities and all others impacted by the Christchurch shootings.
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