New Zealand mosque attacks: What we know so far

New Zealand mosque attacks: What we know so far

The situation is still unfolding but our thoughts and prayers are with our Kiwi cousins.
"I condemn the violent, extremist, right-wing terrorist attack that has stolen the lives of so many innocent New Zealanders as they went about their peaceful practice of worship at their mosques in Christchurch today".

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern on Friday said that shootings at the two mosques in Christchurch could 'only be described as a terrorist attack'. Health authorites said 48 people were being treated for gunshot wounds, including young children.

Police earlier said four people had been taken into custody, and one had been identified as Australian.

Bush said that a male in his late 20s has been charged with murder and will appear at the Christchurch court Saturday morning local time. Gray also said she recalled that Tarrant's father Rodney died from some kind of asbestos-related illness when Tarrant was finishing high school. Police believe one of the arrested may have had nothing to do with the incident and are working to understand what the involvement of the other two people may be. According to the Herald, none were on any terrorism watch list. He said they had disabled one and were in the process of disabling the second.

A number of weapons were also recovered at both the Linwood and Dean Avenue locations.

Ardern will be holding another press conference on Friday to speak on the matter, and has urged the public to stay indoors and follow police orders. In a statement he said: "Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand following the news of this awful act in Christchurch".

Speaking to media at Parliament tonight, Ardern described the attack as "an act of terror".

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Thursday's attacks are unprecedented in New Zealand, a country of 4.5 million people that prides itself on its social diversity. New Zealand police lifted a city-wide lockdown that was imposed in Christchurch after the attacks.

The Bangladesh cricket team - which had been in Christchurch for a test match against New Zealand that was later cancelled - all escaped without injury. For many New Zealand was their choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to.it was a place where many came to for their safety. "As you can imagine, this is requiring every police and emergency resource we have available".

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the gunman responsible for shootings was an Australian-born citizen.

AFP confirmed the authenticity of the livestreamed video partly by matching the distinctive features at the mosque seen in the footage with images available online. The manifesto was not signed.

Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Australia, was named in media reports in his home country as the gunman who appeared to have live-streamed the attack.

Commissioner Bush said "We are now dealing with an unprecedented situation in New Zealand.

They have absolutely no place in New Zealand and, in fact, no place in the world", Ardern said.

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