At least 49 killed, 20 seriously wounded in New Zealand mosque shootings

At least 49 killed, 20 seriously wounded in New Zealand mosque shootings

At least 49 killed, 20 seriously wounded in New Zealand mosque shootings

People began screaming and he "tried to take cover" as the attacker came through the entrance, he said. He said he was a 28-year-old white Australian. However, Bush didn't mention the other people. He said they had disabled one and were in the process of disabling the second.

Because the attacks were executed on a mosque, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pointed out that the majority of the victims were likely Muslim immigrants and refugees. There were reports of between nine and 27 people killed in the incident. The footage has since been removed from social media platforms.

"This is one of New Zealand's darkest days", Ardern said.

The mass shootings took place at two separate mosques and left dozens dead.

One of the terrorist is believed to be an Australian who has written a manifesto declaring his intentions.

4pm: One person confirmed to be in custody.

Ardern said in a news conference, "It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack". The attacks seem to be a carefully planned and the authorities detained four people and defused explosive devices that are said to have belonged to the attackers. Almost 50 people were shot dead and dozens more injured when Tarrant open-fired on the mosque during a traditional Friday prayer known as Jummah.

Two mosques, the Deans Ave. mosque and the Al Noor mosque, were the targeted locations.

Also, police have informed the media that a man in his late 20s has already been charged with murder and will appear at the Christchurch court on Saturday morning (16th March) local time.

"There is absolutely no place in New Zealand for such extreme acts of unprecedented violence".

The investigation into today's shocking terror attack remains on-going.

One Twitter user called Farrukh wrote: "How many more lives Muslims need to give to prove that their faith is not violent?"

There are reports of a third active shooting unfolding outside the Christchurch Hospital.

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The foreign ministry says there are 330 Indonesian citizens in Christchurch, 130 of them students.

Earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the United States strongly condemned the attack. Prayers go to the victims and their families. The Prime Minister stated authorities did not believe there were any other suspects beyond the four now in custody.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush did not elaborate on the suspects who are in custody.

The mosque was packed with worshippers who gathered for Friday afternoon prayers, and members of the Bangladesh cricket team were arriving when the shooter opened fire.

Police also had the mosques locked down. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said.

He noted that the government of New Zealand has cancelled all remaining flights to Christchurch as the city grapples with the mass shooting.

The internet has been awash with people posting the "subscribe to Pewdiepie" message in recent months, as he competes to become the most-subscribed channel once again. He said he considered it a terrorist attack.

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the disgusting massacre in the Mosques", he tweeted.

"This goes to the seriousness of the situation", Bush said.

"If it's a cell we need to ask why weren't they detected, because that's why we have security services and it may be that those services have been looking under the wrong rocks".

No details were immediately available.

The video, which shows a first-person view of the killings in Christchurch, New Zealand, was readily accessible during and after the attack - as was the suspect's hate-filled manifesto.

"We are still working to resolve this incident and we continue to urge Christchurch residents to stay inside". "It's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems".

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