Dead, Dozens Injured After Attacks At New Zealand Mosques

The flag flies at haft mast on the New Zealand High Commission in London. Credit PA
The flag flies at haft mast on the New Zealand High Commission in London. Credit PA
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17 March, 2019

Two other men are in custody over the attacks.

Kate said: "It's utterly cowardly, but it points to a horrific bravado that they would do that and I think it is just disgusting".

Additional police will also be deployed to religious building and services over the weekend, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said, according to the News.com.au website.

"This is a location of interest in relation to the serious firearms incident in Christchurch today", the police wrote on Twitter.

Police imposed a city-wide lockdown, sending armed officers to a number of scenes, and two IEDs (improvised explosive devices) were found attached to a vehicle and neutralised.

Chicago police said there are no known threats to Chicago, but they will be keeping a closer eye on mosques.

Satellite navigational audio could also be heard in the video as the gunman drove to the mosque, which AFP tracked on Google StreetView showing his route for the two kilometres (1.2 miles) leading there.

However, the killers were not on any watch list confirmed by the authorities.

Police warned Muslims not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand", a country of almost five million where mass shootings are rare.

"It doesn't get any more serious", Bush said. "Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers", while Mushfiqur Rahim said: "Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque...we r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again.... pray for us". "There have been some absolute acts of bravery".

Ms Ardern said: "Many directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand; they may even be refugees here".

Forty-nine people were killed and 20 seriously injured in the shootings, which the Prime Minister has described as a "terrorist attack".

As for the suspects, Ardern said, "these are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives a press conference from Wellington. Credit PA
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives a press conference from Wellington. Credit PA

A gunman livestreamed the shootings on Facebook, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants, calling them "invaders".

Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door.

The gunman targeted the men's prayer room in the mosque and then moved to the women's room. The video then cuts out.

Luke Western, a Christian and content director of Rhema Media in New Zealand, told Premier he was surprised and saddened by the attack.

The Bangladesh cricket team was in Christchurch for a test match when the attack took place.

"I saw dead people everywhere".

The police also advised local residents to stay away from mosques until further notice.

Seven people were killed during this attack.

Hospitals said children were among the victims. (TVNZ/via Reuters TV)What's known about the suspect?

The gun Brenton Tarrant used to carry out the attack.

A video, that was apparently live-streamed by the shooter, shows the attack in horrifying detail.

The 74-page manifesto, titled "The Great Replacement" and allegedly authored by Tarrant, cited "white genocide" as his motivation.

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