New Zealand gunman appears to have livestreamed massacre

New Zealand gunman appears to have livestreamed massacre

She also confirmed that the shooting was a "terrorist attack".

The gunman who killed numerous worshippers in a New Zealand mosque on Friday was a right-wing extremist with Australian citizenship, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

"A family that we know, their father was at the prayers, and they've been trying to get in contact with him and so far they haven't been able to, so we're still trying to get more information on that".

In a clear act of terror, multiple people have died after gunmen opened fire at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. "As with any major tragedy, we will work cooperatively with the authorities", Google's spokesperson said.

The 28-year-old Australian gunman Brenton Tarrant live-streamed the slaughter on Facboook and identifed himself on Twitter after 49 people were killed and dozens more were injured in terrorist shooting attacks at two Christchurch mosques. "[We] can now confirm the lockdown of schools throughout Christchurch has been lifted", New Zealand Police said in a statement.

The prime minister said his heart went out to the Islamic community in Australia and New Zealand.

Police said earlier they were hunting "an active shooter" in the centre of Christchurch city.

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

A social media account had also posted a number of pictures of a semi-automatic weapon covered in the names of historical figures, many of whom were involved in the killing of Muslims.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said anyone thinking of going to a mosque should stay put and close their doors.

"We were chosen because we represent diversity, kindness compassion, a home for those who share our values, a refuge for those who need it and those values, I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack..."

The shootings took place at two locations in Christchurch - the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood mosque.

"They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun", Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, told Reuters in a message.

Grieving members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.

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