Multiple Fatalities Reported in New Zealand Mass Shooting

Multiple Fatalities Reported in New Zealand Mass Shooting

Police Commissioner Mike Bush declined to comment on whether it was an act of terrorism but said the situation was unprecedented in New Zealand. A 28-year-old man was later charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning local time.

Shots were fired at the first site, the Al Noor Mosque, just after 1:30 p.m. Friday, right when worshippers would be gathered for afternoon service.

"Today we stand with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand".

Meanwhile, the third cricket test between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been cancelled in the wake of the shooting.

A vigil was held at Nathan Phillips Square to honour the victims of two mass shootings at New Zealand mosques. The police said there were also multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles as part of the attack.

"Active shooter drills, situational awareness train our ushers and greeters about how to lock down the facility, where our evacuation routes are in the building", Orsini said.

"It is therefore essential that our elected leaders speak out clearly and unequivocally against such attacks and name them for the Islamophobic terrorist attacks that they are". The gunman, who killed 49 worshipers in his attack, decried Muslims as "invaders" in a manifesto posted online.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Ardern said earlier on Friday, noting that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees.

A man who could not find out information about what happened to his father and two brothers pushed through police barricades at one of the cordons in an effort to get closer.

From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned.

London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the city's Metropolitan Police force would be visible outside mosques.

Radio New Zealand said an eyewitness saw a man wearing a helmet and glasses and a military style jacket open fire inside one of the mosques.

The shootings occurred at two different mosques in two separate locations, and police advised mosques across the country to "shut their doors".

He had livestreamed the shooting on Facebook.

"Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings".

He said his desire for violence grew when he arrived in France, where he said he was offended by the sight of immigrants in the cities and towns he visited.

At least two Jordanians were among the dead, according to that country's foreign minister, while Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman Mohammed Faisal said five citizens of his country were missing.

He wrote that "49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured".

Breivik's lawyer Oeystein Storrvik told Norway's VG newspaper that his client, who is in prison, has "very limited contacts with the surrounding world, so it seems very unlikely that he has had contact" with the New Zealand gunman.

There are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world.

Christchurch is home to almost 400,000 people and is sometimes called the Garden City.

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