Dead in New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Jumaane Williams and others hold hands and chant as a sign of unity

At least 49 people were killed when gunmen said to be whites opened indiscriminate fire at two mosques in Christchurch city on Friday in what a shocked New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said was a terror attack.

New Zealand Shooting: The mosques were packed with worshippers gathering for Friday afternoon prayers.

While it has not been officially confirmed, a Twitter account briefly surfaced showing photos of the suspect's firearms and possible motivations prior to the shooting.

An emotional Morrison offered his sympathies to Kiwis. The footage has since been removed from social media platforms.

New Zealand police said they had detained three men and one woman after attacks on two Christchurch mosques, but they have not provided their identities. "It unites us against extremism, hatred and terrorism, which knows no religion".

Nearly 49 people were killed when at least one shooter opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

However, reports later indicated that the death toll in the attacks raised to 49.

New Zealand's Police Commissioner Mike Bush said four people-three men and a woman-had been taken into custody but it was not clear if the gunman was among them or if other people were involved.

They also warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand".

"Police said there were multiple fatalities and one person was in custody, but no details were immediately available".

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Two explosive devices attached to a vehicle are found and disarmed by a bomb squad at Strickland Street, not far from the Al Noor Mosque.

Ardern said New Zealand had been placed on its highest security threat level.

"There is absolutely no place in New Zealand for such extreme acts of unprecedented violence". He described the incident as a terrorist attack.

Peneha said he saw "dead people everywhere" when he entered the Al Noor mosque to help those who were wounded.

Police are not looking for any named or identified suspects, he says, but adds that it would be "wrong to assume that there is no-one else".

PewDiePie took on to Twitter to respond at the whole incident and wrote: "Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch".

Shortly after the attack at the Al Noor Mosque, there was another shooting at the mosque in Linwood, on the eastern side of the city, where seven more were killed.

"Many of those who would have been directly affected by the shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here", Arden told reporters.

Stay with us for updates.

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