World shocked amid right-wing terror attacks on mosques

Armed police following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch New Zealand

One of the men was later charged with murder, and two others remained in custody, though their role in the attacks was not clear. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.

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

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea took to Twitter, writing: "Thinking of New Zealand".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said some of the victims may have been new immigrants and refugees.

A spokesman for New Zealand's interior ministry said the video is likely to be classified as objectionable content under local law, and could be illegal to share.

In Australia, police in New South Wales said there were increasing patrols around mosques as a precaution. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque, " he said.

Home to almost 400,000 people, Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand's South Island.

Imran Khan, Pakistan's prime minister, also expressed his condolences and said he was alarmed by the further rise of Islamophobia.

The Queen also sent a message to the people of New Zealand on Friday. But it has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world.

Before Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history took place in 1990 in the small town of Aramoana, where a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor. Ardern said the country's gun laws will change as a result of the carnage, but she did not specify how. "New Zealanders can't believe this could happen on our own soil".

Police in NY and Los Angeles confirmed they will increase efforts to keep mosques safe. In other forums, people discussed Muslim food restrictions as they prepared to drop off meals for those affected.

He has not been officially named, but Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was an Australian citizen, and described him as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

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A fourth person was apprehended but later released after it was determined to be an armed bystander trying to help authorities.

She also called it a "terrorist attack".

Tarrant, in his rambling manifesto, deemed Trump "a symbol of renewed white identity".

During a second shooting at the Linwood mosque about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the Al Noor mosque, seven people were killed.

Shortly before the attack began, an anonymous post on the discussion site, 8chan, said the writer was going to "carry out an attack against the invaders" and included links to a Facebook live stream, in which the shooting appeared, and a manifesto. Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims and their families.

"I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque". "It's unbelievably nutty. I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay huddled on the floor, the video showed.

He went on: "We pray, too, for the shooter and their supporters, because for any person to do this, they must have such hatred in their hearts, such misalignment of the value of human life, that they, too, need our prayer". A witness named Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald that he heard about five gunshots and that a worshiper returned fire with either a rifle or shotgun. After walking back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his auto, where the song "Fire" by English rock band "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" can be heard blasting from the speakers. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives away.

A cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh scheduled to start Saturday was canceled after the Bangladesh cricket team had a narrow escape. "Given the small size of New Zealand, and give that it grounds itself on peace and justice, the impact of it is just heightened".

Two explosives attached to the suspects' cars were discovered and disarmed.

His manifesto was a welter of often politically contradictory views, touching on numerous most combustible issues of the day, among them the Second Amendment right to own guns, Muslim immigration, terrorist attacks and the wealthiest 1 percent. He describes himself in the manifesto as an ethno-nationalist and fascist.

Australian politician sparks outrage when he blames ‘Muslim immigration’ for mosque attack
Australian politicians have also denounced his remarks. "I do wonder if he's made Australians less safe overseas", he said. My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the terrible massacre in the Mosques.

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