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

Her stance was welcomed by New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

After the shootings at a Quebec mosque in 2017 that killed six worshippers, the Masjid ur-Rahmah held open houses for neighbours who told the imam they were curious about the mosque.

Another victim, Haji Daoud Nabi, died trying to save a fellow worshiper, his son told an Australian newspaper. We are family. We are friends.

The word repeated over and over across New Zealand is "Why?"

"I live in New Zealand because the first time I came here in 2011, I found a place that was heaven on earth and I chose to bring my family to live here in peace, away from all the troubles", a Palestinian man said.

"They were rural community cops, I understand, from Lincoln", Ardern said in a press conference this afternoon.

"I can't even go to the mosque now because I am scared of that happening again", the 16-year-old told New Zealand television.

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"There is more love than hate, so it is important to find the love now", he added.

Prime Minister Ardern has stressed that families that lost a loved one - particularly if he/she was a breadwinner - would be provided financial support by the government.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised in the accused gunman's manifesto as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose". "New Zealand is home for all of us, and this despicable act will not change that feeling of closeness in us".

They keep coming in their thousands to place flowers, balloons and handwritten signs before standing in a collective and silent state of shock.

Ardern, who described the atrocity as a "terrorist attack" and "one of New Zealand's darkest days", vowed to impose stricter gun laws. "We will do whatever we can to help them heal and rise above this awful tragedy".

"It's just second nature to us now and I'm pleased they came out in force today".

In New Zealand, police officers don't routinely carry firearms.

Neither she nor the police wanted a large, uniformed, armed police presence.

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"Yes sister! Yes! Let's end this senseless violence", she replied.

"Any loss of life at the hands of extremists regardless of religion, race or colour should be condemned in the strongest of terms". He also apparently smirked at photographers, according to the New Zealand Herald.

"We we are sending out Pacific music of healing and hope for our Muslim communities in Aotearoa".

Meanwhile, the final day of the Auckland secondary schools dance festival Polyfest was cancelled following the attacks.

"It was an opportunity to share the grief of New Zealanders directly with those who have experienced so much loss", Ardern said of the meeting.

"They [cancelled it] for the sake of safety of the students and safety of our community".

Ardern confirmed that the suspected gunman and two associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies for extremism.

Aupito said festival organisers have contacted schools about the decision.

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