Mosque shootings kill 49; white racist claims responsibility

Mosque shootings kill 49; white racist claims responsibility

At least 49 people were killed and 50 others were injured during the rampage. In his manifesto, he explains that he selected New Zealand because of its geographic location; he wanted to prove to the world that even the most remote areas were not free of "mass immigration".

Whether there are more suspects - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the government has no reason to believe there are more suspects, but was not assuming that was the case and intelligence services and police were working on establishing this.

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

Bush later stated that a number of improvised explosive devices, which had been attached to vehicles, had been defused after the shootings. She said four people in police custody held extremist views, but had not been on any police watchlists.

He said Australian authorities were investigating any links between the country and the attack, but declined to provide further details about the gunman.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan echoed Erdogan.

"I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim".

"The brutal attack.will never diminish the tolerance and decency that New Zealand is famous for".

Queen Elizabeth II, who is New Zealand's head of state, said in a message to the country she was "deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch" and sent condolences to families and friends of victims.

U.S. president Donald Trump said that his "warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the terrible massacre in the mosques,".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted that he learned of the attack "with horror and profound sadness". Sorry for the Muslims senselessly murdered in their mosque.

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He said the mosques in Christchurch and Linwood would be the targets, as would a third mosque in the town of Ashburton if he could make it there. "The attackers were apprehended by local police staff". "London will always celebrate the diversity that some seek to destroy".

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

"Far too often, Muslims suffer unimaginable loss and pain in the places where they should feel safest", Trudeau said in a statement.

Political and Islamic leaders across Asia expressed their disgust at the deadly shooting.

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also condemned the terrorist attack in New Zealand in strongest terms.

At the White House, Trump called the bloodshed "a awful thing" but rejected any suggestion the white nationalist movement is a rising threat around the world, saying it is "a small group of people that have very, very serious problems".

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the frightful massacre in the Mosques".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the attacks a "brazen act of terror".

Afghanistan's ambassador said on Twitter three Afghans had been wounded.

The police commissioner warned anybody who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand on Friday to stay put. "It unites us against extremism, hatred and terrorism, which knows no religion".

Seven people were killed during this attack.

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