A white Australian right-wing terrorist - named in local media as Brenton Tarrant - livestreamed his sickening shooting spree on Facebook as entered the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch to kill 41 people as worshippers made their Friday afternoon prayers.
One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack. "Later, the families were informed that they have been hospitalised after being shot", Bhuiyan said. Two other men and one woman were detained nearby and firearms seized, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
"It is such a sad and devastating reminder of the evil that can be ever present about us", Morrison said of the attacks.
Police said multiple fatalities had occurred at two mosques, but it was unclear how many attackers were involved.
The New Zealand Prime Minister condemned those behind the act, giving "the strongest possible condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this, " and stating strongly "you may have chosen us but we utterly reject and condemn you".
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Witnesses claim the Al Noor Mosque was targeted by armed assailants and there were up to 200 people inside for Friday Prayers.
"It is clear that this is one of New Zealand's darkest days". A witness to a second shooting told New Zealand media he saw two wounded people being transported by rescuers afterward. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said.
As reports of the attack came in, Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said team were bussed to the mosque in Christchurch and were about to go inside when the incident happened.
"They may even be refugees here".
He said there was one person in custody "but we are unsure if there are other people". "But as I say, please remain in lockdown".