Saudi man killed in New Zealand mosque attack

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at parliament yo media about the Christchurch mosque shootings

"Our thoughts and prayers are always with people involved in all attacks", Mr Miah said.

"Many of those who will have been directly affected by the shooting may be migrants to New Zealand". The mass shootings took place at two separate mosques and left dozens dead.

Nearly 50 people were treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds, including young children. Injuries ranged from minor to critical.

Norwegian Prime Mininster Erna Solberg said the attack brought back memories of 2011 in her country when anti-Muslim extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 people: "It shows that extremism is nurtured and that it lives in many places". The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.

Map of mosque shootings in Christchurch New Zealand.

Police said the investigation had extended 360 kilometers (240 miles) to the south, where homes in Dunedin were evacuated around a "location of interest". They gave no details. Authorities added that none of them were on any terrorism watch, including in Australia.

He published a racist manifesto on Twitter before the shooting then livestreamed his rampage on Facebook.

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

Announcing the murder charges Friday, Bush did not say whether the same shooter was believed to be responsible for both attacks.

Members of the royal family have expressed their sadness after hearing the horrific news that two mosques in New Zealand were attacked.

Investigators said improvised explosive devices were found at the scene, attached to vehicles used by the attackers. One has been defused and the second is in the process of being disabled.

Police commissioner Mike Bush confirmed later that 49 people were killed and 48 others injured in the shooting.

One of the alleged gunmen has Australian citizenship, the Prime Minister of Austrlia, Australia, Scott Morrison, has said.

Armed police on Linwood Ave and specialist armed police after the Linwood Mosque came under attack
JOSEPH JOHNSON STUFFArmed police on Linwood Ave and specialist armed police after the Linwood Mosque came under attack

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

"The content of the video is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see", he said. "I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

A fourth person was apprehended but later released after it was determined to be an armed bystander trying to help authorities. "Everybody just ran to the back doors to save themselves", one eye witness said.

"I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence". The video then cuts out.

After walking back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his vehicle. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives away. The video then cuts out.

The city was placed on lockdown immediately after the attacks at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques, where worshippers had gathered for Friday prayers.

According to the BBC, multiple fatalities have been reported and major hospitals in Christchurch are on full-alert after an active shooter, up to press time, remained at large after an attack on a mosque in the city.

Players from the Hamilton Chiefs and the Hurricanes, two of New Zealand's professional rugby teams, came together in tribute ahead of their Super Rugby match in Hamilton on Friday evening.

He confirmed media reports that the gunman, who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant and mowed down worshippers in two mosques in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch, was an Australian-born citizen.

Some of those wounded in the attack were young children, including a five-year old.

She pronounced it "one of New Zealand's darkest days". "Given the small size of New Zealand, and give that it grounds itself on peace and justice, the impact of it is just heightened". He had previously donated to and collaborated with nationalist organizations, though he claims to have acted alone in ordering the attack.

London mosques have been targeted in the past.

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