'Everybody ran to save themselves' - Eye witnesses recount New Zealand Mosque attack

Australian media broadcast footage from Christchurch shootings despite police warnings

Australian media broadcast footage from Christchurch shootings despite police warnings

Earlier in the day, at least 40 people have been killed and 20 others were in serious condition when gunmen entered two mosques and began shooting in New Zealand's city of Christchurch on Friday.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared in court Saturday morning amid strict security and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge.

Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie says he is "absolutely sickened" to have been name-checked by one of the New Zealand mosque attack suspects in the gunman's shocking Facebook live feed. He said one was slightly injured. Several more people were killed in an attack on a second mosque in the city a short time later.

"Just heard news of the devastating reports from Christchurch, New Zealand".

The twisted shooter claimed to be "just a ordinary White man, 28 years old".

Police warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand".

"I am not going to let this change New Zealand's profile, none of us should". Gray also said she recalled that Tarrant's father Rodney died from some kind of asbestos-related illness when Tarrant was finishing high school.

In the video, the killer spends more than two minutes inside the mosque spraying terrified worshippers with gunfire.

"I saw dead people everywhere".

He has been described by Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

Bush clarified that police had found two improvised explosive devices in one vehicle.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the incident a terrorist attack in a Friday press conference, saying the suspects held "extremist views" that have no place in New Zealand or the world.

Both mosques are in Christchurch's city center and police have placed the two locations on lockdown.

Ardern said New Zealand was not a target because it is a safe harbour of those who hate, nor because New Zealand condones racism or is an enclave for racism.

Home to almost 400,000 people, Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand's South Island.

Last year, New Zealand's prime minister announced that the country would boost its annual refugee quota from 1,000 to 1,500 in 2020.

Christchurch, sometimes called the Garden City, has been rebuilding since an quake in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed many downtown buildings.

The Bangladesh cricket team - which had been in Christchurch for a test match against New Zealand that was later cancelled - all escaped without injury.

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

"We have undoubtedly experienced an attack today that is unprecedented, unlike anything that we have experienced before".

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