A Gunman Has Opened Fire On A Packed Mosque In New Zealand

Arturo Kim
March 16, 2019

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

With the current death toll standing at 49, the country's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has deemed this heinous act a terrorist attack and described it as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

"At the Deans Avenue mosque, we now know that 41 people have lost their lives", Commissioner Bush said.

Social media giants Facebook, Twitter, Google on Friday faced scrutiny over extremist content on their platforms after video footage of mass shootings in New Zealand was live streamed and widely shared online. "Allah help us", another said.

According to CNBC, the New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that four people had been taken into custody, three men and one woman.

Facebook said it was alerted by police to the livestream on its site, and "quickly removed the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video".

Forty-nine people were killed and at least 20 wounded in the tragedy, which took place in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here", she said.

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He said police had defused a number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after the shootings.

He tweeted: "Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand following the news of this bad act in Christchurch".

Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.

When asked if police were looking for any other persons of interest related to the case, Bush responded that "we never assume that there aren't other people involved" but that "at this point we are not looking for any other persons".

Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch.

"We will keep Australians safe in every way possible we can and we will work with our partners in the region, our family in the region of New Zealand to do everything we can to support them", Mr Morrison said.

"I saw dead people everywhere".

Police have not described the scale of the Friday shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.

"What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence", Ms Ardern wrote on social media.

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