At Least 49 Dead, 48 Injured in New Zealand Mosque Shootings

At Least 49 Dead, 48 Injured in New Zealand Mosque Shootings

At Least 49 Dead, 48 Injured in New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating quake in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people.

Numerous people leaving flowers have not been Muslim themselves. "It has no place in New Zealand", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tweeted.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Ardern said earlier on Friday, noting that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees. Police found multiple explosive devices in vehicles stopped as the shootings unfolded; the devices have since been defused.

Police said two other people were in custody.

Toronto police would not confirm any specific steps they are taking but said they are making "appropriate adjustments to our plans in order to mitigate the potential risks to public safety".

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan echoed those sentiments.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", she said. The queen also paid tribute to emergency services and volunteers supporting the injured.

Before Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history took place in the small town of Aramoana in 1990, when a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbour.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted that he learned of the attack "with horror and profound sadness".

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Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques, while hundreds more gathered at an official area set up for people to pay their respects in the city's botanic gardens near the hospital where dozens of people are being treated for injuries.

About an hour after police initially responded, they reported that a "serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter". "London will always celebrate the diversity that some seek to destroy".

Yama Nabi said his father Haji Daoud, who came to New Zealand from Afghanistan in 1977, was killed at the Al Noor mosque. "Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities - New Zealand is their home - they are us".

"We need to stand up and we need to stand together and united".

The UK stands ready to support New Zealand however we can. The attackers specifically targeted Muslims.

Afghanistan's Taliban movement - Islamic militants who carry out near-daily attacks on Afghan security forces - also condemned the shooting rampage, calling it an "unforgivable crime". We, New Zealand, we were not a target because we are a safe harbour for those who hate.

Gardee urged politicians from around the world to call the shootings a terrorist act.

The prime minister noted that it appeared the attacks appeared to have been well planned. "Israel sends its condolences to the bereaved families and its heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded", Netanyahu said on twitter.

One witness told news website Stuff he was praying when he heard shooting - and then saw his wife lying dead on the footpath outside when he fled. "It unites us against extremism, hatred and terrorism, which knows no religion". He assured all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his "heartfelt solidarity".

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Earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the United States strongly condemned the attack. The footage has since been removed from social media platforms. "This is one of New Zealand's darkest days", Ardern said.


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