People Dead Following Mass Shooting In New Zealand Mosque

New Zealand mosque shooting: At least 49 killed after gunmen open fire

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At least 49 people were killed and dozens others were left wounded in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand's eastern city of Christchurch, situated in the Canterbury District, on Friday afternoon, marking one of the "darkest" days in the country's history.

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.

At least 49 people were killed and more than 20 seriously injured, according to police. "God bless all!" Trump tweeted.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the shooter was Australian and described him as an "extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

"With this attack, hostility towards Islam that the world has been has been idly watching and even encouraging for some time, has gone beyond the boundaries of individual harassment to reach the level of mass killing", said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"This one is obviously in the news. I am calling on the world, in particular the West, to take quick measures", he said.

"It's obviously very sad".

The attack has been condemned across Peterborough.

The attack on two mosques on Friday in Christchurch "goes against everything Ebba stood for", Jeanette Akerlund told Swedish public television SVT.

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Entitled "The Great Replacement", the 74-page manifesto said the gunman - who identified himself as an Australia-born, 28-year-old white male from a low-income, working-class family - had wanted to attack Muslims.

The man who claimed responsibility for the shooting said he came to New Zealand only to plan and train for the attack.

The police commissioner warned anybody who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand on Friday to stay put.

The prime minister noted that it appeared the attacks appeared to have been well planned.

National security adviser John Bolton said the USA is "very concerned" and is following the events in New Zealand "very closely".

London's police service said it was "stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faith, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves".

The police described the move as a precaution as "there is no ongoing or specific threat to any mosque or place of worship" in the state.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City is providing extra security for Muslim community centres and mosques.

Meanwhile, singer Boy George, 57, shared: "Sorry for the loss of life in New Zealand".

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He reportedly told the police he was acting in "self defense". "We feel that we are living in the safest country in the world". None of those arrested had appeared on a watchlist of New Zealand or Australian security agencies, police have confirmed.

"Japan is determined to resolutely stand up against terrorism".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the shootings an "unprecedented act of violence".

She also strongly condemned the terrorist attack, saying "You might have chosen us; we utterly reject and condemn you".

"The brutal attack.will never diminish the tolerance and decency that New Zealand is famous for".

Seven people were killed during this attack.

"I hope that those involved will be severely punished", he said in a message to Arden.

Last year, New Zealand's prime minister announced that the country would boost its annual refugee quota from 1,000 to 1,500 in 2020. This act was not a reflection of who we are as a nation.

A spokesman for Peterborough Cathedral tweeted: "We are Deeply shocked at attacks on worshippers at Mosques in Christchurch NZ".

"For now my thoughts and I'm sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who have been affected, their families", she said.

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