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New Zealand was on its way to a third goal when it was captured by the authorities, police commissioner Mike Bush said on Monday, 20 March, 201
a press conference on Wednesday.
"We strongly believe we stopped him on the road to further attack," he said. "So our lives are saved by our staff brave in their interference."
The commissioner said the police went to the suspected third destination on Friday to check for explosive devices. Bush would not have said the third object was a mosque or something else, but he described it as a region that contains Christchurch – "actually Canterbury."
The gunner killed 50 people when he discovered fire during the Friday prayers in two mosques, Masjid al-Nour and Dar al-Hijara.The mosques are nearly three miles apart in Christchurch
"We believe we know where it goes.
Bush said the officers had arrived at the scene of the attack within five minutes, 39 seconds, and that "within 21 minutes, the person now in custody was arrested."
Muslim faith requires a quick burial, and Bush said the authorities feverishly work to identify all fallen, sometimes with the help of a visual confirmation from relatives. Twenty-two of the victims were identified by employees and relatives, according to the NBC News report.
Bush said 21 were "officially" identified.
Investigators are working with international law enforcement, including the FBI, "to build a complete picture of this man we are going to bring to court," said the commissioner of the alleged gunman.
A father and son who escaped the civil war in Syria as "the safest country in the world" were buried. Wednesday in the first funerals of the slaughter victims.
The funerals of 44-year-old Khalid Mustafa and 15-year-old Hamza Mustafa came five days after a white superior methodically shot 50 pilgrims in two mosques in Christchurch – a massacre that he broadcast live on Facebook.
Brenton Harrison Tarant is charged with a murder in the attack, although he is expected to be charged with further charges. 28-year-old Australian is kept in isolation at Christchurch prison
Of three others arrested in the chaos of the first response, Bush said a woman was released without charges and two men were charged with firearms but they were nothing with violence.