Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

49 killed in New Zealand mosques massacre

49 killed in New Zealand mosques massacre

Ardern said her country is treating the shootings as a "terrorist incident".

New Zealand police warned against sharing footage relating to a deadly shooting in Christchurch on Friday, after a video online showed a gunman filming himself firing at worshippers inside a mosque.

One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack.

Australian media reported the gunman came from a town in New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, and state police later said they were increasing patrols around NSW mosques in light of the Christchurch attacks.

An Australian news channel repeatedly broadcast footage of the shooter at the mosque and footage was embedded on another news website and on its social media posts. "At this point in time we should never make assumptions", he said.

Morrison said Australians were shocked, appalled and outraged by the attack.

NEW Zealand Police say 49 people have been killed in mass shootings at two mosques in the Christchurch area today. It said it had removed the unverified video along with the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the United Kingdom "stands with" New Zealand after multiple people were killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

The New Zealand Prime Minister condemned those behind the act, giving "the strongest possible condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this, " and stating strongly "you may have chosen us but we utterly reject and condemn you".

Mass shooting at mosque in Christchurch

The police said there were also multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles as part of the attack.

The Bangladesh cricket team is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday.

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the Al Noor mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".

A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings on social media left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto where he explains who he is and why he wanted to kill the people in the mosque. PM Ardern added that the country was "enduring one of its darkest days".

"The shootings involved multiple fatalities but authorities have not said how many". "What has happened is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

Police cordon off Linwood Avenue near the Linwood Masjid on March 15, 2019, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"They may even be refugees here".

Police have urged people nearby to stay indoors.

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