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Christchurch attack 'shows blind spot on white nationalism'

Christchurch attack 'shows blind spot on white nationalism'

A Christchurch gun shop on Monday acknowledged selling guns online to the 28-year-old white supremacist accused of killing 50 people in mosque shootings. "That doesn'tmean there weren't possibly otherpeople in support and that continuesto form a very, very important partof our investigation".

On Monday, New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said she would announce new laws on gun ownership to make it more hard to obtain semi-automatic weapons, such as those wielded by the attacker.

In a statement, Mia Garlick, spokeswoman for Facebook New Zealand, said that the company continues to "work around the clock to remove violating content from our site, using a combination of technology and people".

"It's only since he travelled overseas I think that that boy has changed completely to the boy we knew", she said.

"All Gun City sales to this individual followed a police-verified online mail-order process".

Ms Ardern also announced an inquiry into the country's intelligence services.

Tarrant had recently lived in Dunedin, some 350 kilometres from Christchurch.

Police were out in force on Monday to assure Christchurch residents of their safety as they returned to their weekday lives, after a lockdown affected parts of the city on Friday after the shootings.

In addition, the New Zealand prime minister urged gun owners to hand in their weapons, and advised anyone considering buying a gun to wait for the updated changes.

The gun-rights Facebook group Kiwi Gun Blog also collected accounts of additional purchases of semi-automatic weapons, ammunition and magazines around the country.

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"Anywhere you are, you can just pray anywhere", Saiyad Raza, who had travelled from Auckland to bury his cousin who died in the shootings, said.

The store has been criticized for leaving out a roadside advertising billboard that shows a parent helping children with rifle target practice.

New Zealand's patchwork of gun laws have also allowed the import of semi-automatic rifles, of which there are about 15,000 legally in circulation, according to police estimates.

Ardern confirmed her office was among 30 recipients of an "ideological manifesto with extreme views" sent by Tarrant nine minutes before the attack began, a manifesto she called "deeply disturbing".

Friday's video has reignited questions about how social media platforms handle offensive content, with many questioning if companies are doing enough to try to catch this type of hate-filled content.

"It's very unsettling not knowing what's going on", Ms Aya said.

New Zealand's police chief said on Monday that they are certain there was only one attacker involved in the mass shooting in Christchurch last week. "We detected nothing extraordinary about the license holder".

"It did not include a location; it didn't include specific details", Ardern said.

Families of the 50 people killed in the Christchurch mosque shootings are enduring an increasingly agonizing wait for the bodies of victims to be released as New Zealand reels from the unprecedented tragedy.

Dozens of graves were being dug in readiness for that release, which Police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha said he hoped would happen soon.