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New Zealand mosque shooting: At least 49 killed after gunmen open fire

New Zealand mosque shooting: At least 49 killed after gunmen open fire

CHURCH leaders have expressed shock and disbelief at the killing of 49 people in attacks at two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand.

4pm: New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says there have been "multiple fatalities" at two locations - both mosques in Christchurch.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Ardern said, call this "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

USA president Donald Trump said that his "warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the awful massacre in the mosques,". More than 20 were seriously wounded in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called a "terrorist attack".

In addition to the main suspect, two other men are in custody, although their link to the attack is unknown.

Tarrant's relatives in the Australian town of Grafton, in New South Wales, contacted police after learning of the shooting and were helping with the investigation, local authorities said.

A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants, calling them "invaders".

Police said there are several people under arrest in connection with the attacks.

Peneha, who lives next door, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in his driveway and fled.

The Bishop of Ripon, Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, who was formerly Bishop of Waikato in the Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia, said on Friday morning: "In some ways, there is a disbelief - there are no words, really.

The NYPD sees no New York City connection to the tragedy in New Zealand at this time, but we nevertheless stand prepared to protect the people in all of our communities", NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill added. Police successfully disabled one device, and authorities are still working on the other.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one of the men in custody was Australian.

Another man said he saw children being shot.

Map locates two mosques in Christchurch and Linwood New Zealand where mass shootings occurred
Map locates two mosques in Christchurch and Linwood New Zealand where mass shootings occurred

The suspects - three men and a woman - had not been on any police watch-lists.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the attack was a result of the demonizing of Muslims.

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the "odious crimes against the mosques of Christchurch in New Zealand" that have so far left 49 dead. New Zealand Mosque Mass Shooting: Bangladesh Cricket Team Unhurt, Tamim Iqbal Tweets About Safety.

He said he was in New Zealand temporarily while he "planned and trained" the attack.

The government advised people not to go to mosques until further notice.

"The brutal attack. will never diminish the tolerance and decency that New Zealand is famous for". "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he told reporters.

The pope was "deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence", Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said in a telegram.

"We understand the pain you're feeling at this moment, the loss you are feeling and we are here to ensure this community is respected and embraced and protected", the mayor said.

The attack on two mosques on Friday in Christchurch "goes against everything Ebba stood for", Jeanette Akerlund told Swedish public television SVT.

New Zealand police described it as "extremely distressing" and urged web users not to share it.

Players and members of the team's coaching staff were reportedly on their bus, approaching the Al Noor mosque when the shooting broke out.

Police on Friday stepped up security around mosques across New York State in wake of the mass shootings that killed almost 50 people in New Zealand.




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