On Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the number of deaths from the Christchurch mosque attacks has risen to 51 following a 46-year-old Turkish man succumbed to injuries sustained in the March 15 shootings.
“This sad news will be felt across Turkey, as well as New Zealand,” Ardern said.
“This man has been in intensive care since the attack. We have all been hoping for the best. However, he has now succumbed to the injuries sustained in the shooting at the Al Noor mosque,” the PM added.
The police officials said that the man died late Thursday and his family has urged the police not to reveal his name publicly. On the day of the attack, many worshippers gathered into the two mosques for Friday prayers. Australian Brenton Tarrant, a self-avowed white supremacist was responsible for the attacks.
Currently, the accused is in a maximum security prison and undergoing psychiatric tests to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial for 50 counts of murder and 39 attempted murder.
Police said the recent fatality was a man shot at the central city Al Noor mosque. More than 40 people were killed there and then the gunman moved to another mosque at suburban Linwood.
Ardern said that nine victims remained in hospital and all were in stable condition. “As a country, we continue to send our hope for their speedy recovery,” she said. The Prime Minister also described it as one of the darkest days in the history of New Zealand.