Dead In 'Terrorist Attack' At 2 Mosques In Christchurch, New Zealand

Dead In 'Terrorist Attack' At 2 Mosques In Christchurch, New Zealand

In the aftermath of the attacks, New Zealand has been placed on its highest security threat level according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

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.

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

30 people are confirmed to have been killed inside the Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch's west. One passed away from their injuries in a hospital.

Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald he heard about five gunshots and that a Friday prayer-goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

That gunman, a 28-year-old Australian man, and three other suspects were ultimately apprehended by law enforcement. The New Zealand police also informed that one person has been taken into custody and added that "there may be other offenders".

"I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence", she said.

"We should not be perpetuating, sharing, giving any oxygen to this act of violence and the message that is sitting behind it", Ardern said. "I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person".

"The gunman began shooting in all directions", the witness said. The video has since been removed by the social networking site.

Earlier, armed officers were deployed after receiving reports of shots fired at the centrally-located mosque at 1:40 pm local time. Police are asking people not to share the "extremely distressing" footage online.

"Police are still treating this incident as ongoing and Christchurch residents are strongly urged to stay indoors and keep safe, and monitor the Police website and social media for further information".

Reacting to a tweet in which YouTube claimed it was working to remove the footage, Mr Javid said YouTube, Google, Facebook and Twitter "really need to do more to stop violent extremism being promoted on your platforms".

Tarrant murdered 49 people Friday in a Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Police said multiple fatalities had occurred at two mosques, but it was unclear how many attackers were involved.

ABC News in Australia has identified the gunman as Brenton Tarrant.

He isn't one with words, but "best wishes"??

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