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Victims in Christchurch killings were aged 2 to 60

By Jay Jackson, South Africa News
17 Mar 2019, 08:43 GMT+10

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - As the gloom continues over New Zelaand on Sunday, and the world grieves for those who died, the death toll ominously has increased to fifty.

There are now fifty confirmed dead after the horrific Friday afternoon massacre of worshippers at two Christchurch mosques.

Christchurch, devastated by natural disasters (earthquakes) in the early part of this decade, is reeling again, this time from a man-made disaster.

Police say the ages of those who died in Friday's tragic events, ranged from just two years old to 60.

Australian-born Dunedin resident Brenton Tarrant, who grew up in the country town of Grafton in New South Wales, Australia, is now considered the lone perpetrator of the mass shootings, which also left 50 people hospitalised with gunshot wounds. Eleevn of those have since bene released from hospital.

While 3 other people were question on Friday, and two of them arrested, all have now been released with police certain they had no links to the gunman.

One of the three is facing an offence of possessing a firearm without a license.

Earlier on Sunday morning, New Zealand Police Commssioner Mike Bush provided the latest update.

"Sadly, Police can confirm this morning that during the scene examination of the Deans Avenue Mosque yesterday, the body of a further victim was found," the commissioner said.

"The death toll now stands at 50."

"36 people remain in hospital in Canterbury District, being treated for injuries. Eleven of those are in a critical condition," Bush said.

"In addition, the four-year-old child transported to Starship Hospital in Auckland yesterday remains in a critical condition."

"Public safety remains the Polices priority nationally, and particularly in Christchurch following the tragic events on Friday," the police commissioner said.

"Police ask that people return to their daily lives, but also, be vigilant. If you see something, say something. If you have information which may help the investigation into the Christchurch attacks, please use the online form available at www.police.govt.nz "

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