NZ terror attack accused charged with murder
Brenton Tarrant, who filmed himself as he went on a shooting rampage that left 51 mosque-goers dead, had flashed a white power gesture as he appeared in a New Zealand court.

WELLINGTON — A right-wing extremist who filmed himself on a shooting rampage that left 49 mosque-goers dead flashed a white power gesture as he appeared in a New Zealand court Saturday and was charged with murder.

Australian-born 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant stood in the dock wearing handcuffs and a white prison smock, as the judge read a single murder charge against him. A raft of further charges are expected.

The former fitness instructor and self-professed fascist occasionally turned to look at media present in court during the brief hearing that the public were excluded from for security reasons.

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Flanked by armed police, he made an upside-down “Okay” signal, a symbol used by white power groups across the globe. He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for April 05.

A short distance from the court, 39 people were being treated in hospital for gunshot wounds and other injuries inflicted in the massacre. The wounded included a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, who was in a critical condition.

Doctors at Christchurch hospital said that they worked through the night in 12 operating theatres to treat the survivors.

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The attack on the Al-Noor and Linwood mosques has been labelled terrorism by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and is thought to be the deadliest attack directed against Muslims in the West in modern times.

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