At least 49 killed after gunmen open fire

AOS push back members of the public following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch New Zealand

Two mosques in the city of Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island were attacked on Friday and 49 people have been declared dead. Two others remain in custody.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an Australian national arrested after the attack was an "extremist, right-wing violent terrorist".

No casualty of Chinese citizen has been reported yet.

Reports suggest that many of those affected are part of New Zealand's migrant and refugee communities.

Ardern said the attacker held extremist views that have "no place in New Zealand". Dunedin is a city near the southern tip of New Zealand, around 225 miles from Christchurch. "God bless all!" Trump wrote on Twitter. His office said on Twitter that Israel mourns the murder of innocent worshippers, condemns the assault and sends its condolences to bereaved families.

Authorities have not elaborated on who they detained.

None of those in custody had been on any watch list.

Moreover, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said she was "shocked beyond words" by the shootings.

"It doesn't get any more serious", Bush said.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Ardern said, adding that it constituted one of New Zealand's "darkest days".

British police were providing "reassurance patrols" around mosques following the deadly gun rampage in New Zealand on Friday.

Pakistan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said his office is "trying to ascertain whether any Pakistanis have been killed in the attack" which he described as "heinous". BBC quoted witnesses saying that they ran for their lives and saw people bleeding on the ground outside the Al Noor mosque. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door.


Children's screams can be heard in the distance as he returns to his vehicle to get another rifle.

Tamim Iqbal tweeted: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!" The video then cuts out.

One of the weapons used in the Christchurch massacres was reportedly engraved with the name of Luca Traini, an Italian far-right militant who was jailed for racist shootings past year.

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

"The European Union will always stand with.NewZealand and against those who heinously want to destroy our societies and our way of life", he wrote.

"The content of the video is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see", the spokesman said. He also pointed his finger at those who promote religious hatred: "When the flames of hatred are fanned, when people are demonised due to their faith, when people's fears are played on rather than addressed, the consequences are deadly, as we have seen so sadly today", he said. "It's unbelievable nutty. I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

There was a second shooting at a mosque in the neighborhood of Linwood that resulted in the deaths of at least seven people.

AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) push back members of the public following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.

Hospitals said children were among the victims.

Gym manager Tracey Gray confirmed the man who filmed the attack and streamed it online was Tarrant.

In the 74-page manifesto entitled "The Great Replacement", the gunman details his intention to attack Muslims.

Tarrant described himself as an "eco-fascist" in his writings.

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