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New Zealand mosque shooting: At least 49 killed after gunmen open fire Mosque attacker in Christchurch an Australian citizen: Australian PM
Ellis Copeland | 17 March, 2019, 00:10

The attacks are thought to be the work of one alleged gunman described by Australian prime minister Scott Morrison as an "extremist, right-wing terrorist".

All schools in the city were put into lockdown as the situation unfolded.

National carrier Air New Zealand canceled at least 17 flights in and out of Christchurch, saying it couldn't properly screen customers and their baggage following the shootings. "I begun planning an attack roughly two years in advance and an attack at the location in Christchurch three months in advance (sic)", he wrote.

The known targets so far were the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch where the death toll has surpassed 40, as well as a second mosque in suburban Linwood, police said.

"At this stage, we will not be discussing the offenders' possible motivations or the causes of this incident".

"Given the fact that this happened at a mosque and there is such freedom in New Zealand - I think that's what's really hurt the psyche - the heartbeat of the country".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the twin shooting - the worst in her country's history - as a terror attack. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do.

In Muslim-majority Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the biggest party in its ruling coalition, said: "I am deeply saddened by this uncivilized act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians".

He said he was in New Zealand temporarily while he "planned and trained" the attack.

Police are urging that the "extremely distressing" video not be shared and have asked for it to be removed. "This is a very real tragedy with real victims and we strongly encourage people to not share or view the video".

"It unites us against extremism, hatred and terrorism, which knows no religion", he said. It's also requesting extra police patrols at their mosque in Old Irving Park, their education center in Morton Grove, and their campus in Skokie.

"We have four people in custody".

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At least 39 others were injured with 11 in critical condition police commissioner Mike Bush told reporters.

"If measures are not taken right away, news of other disasters will follow this one".

"Police can now confirm the lockdown of schools throughout Christchurch has been lifted", the police said in a statement.

"There were a number of IEDs attached to the vehicles that we also stopped".

Police in NY and Los Angeles confirmed they will increase efforts to keep mosques safe.

"One person a male in his late 20s has been charged with murder and should appear in the Christchurch Court tomorrow morning".

Violent crime is rare in New Zealand and police do not usually carry guns.

As governments in Asia and the Middle East scrambled to find out how many of their citizens had been caught up in the Christchurch bloodshed, there was anger that the attackers targeted worshippers at Friday prayers.

Christchurch city council offered a helpline for parents looking for kids attending a mass climate change rally nearby.

"Forty-eight patients, ranging from young children to adults with gunshot wounds are being treated at Christchurch Hospital". Injuries ranged from minor to critical. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door.

The news has taken over global media with broadcasters including CNN, BBC and CNBC going live to New Zealand - the worst shooting attack to ever take place in the country.

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