Death toll in New Zealand mosque attacks climbs to 49


In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters that Trump called her directly Friday morning. There were reports of between nine and 27 people killed in the incident.

Ms Ardern said those attacked should have been safe.

The terror threat level was lifted to high. At least one, though, is not believed to have had anything to do with the shooting.

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".

The deadliest shooting occurred at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at about 1.45pm local time. "And you should condemn this not only as a hate crime but as a white supremacist terrorist attack".

"It is such a sad and devastating reminder of the evil that can be ever present about us", Morrison said of the attacks.

Multiple people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers, as New Zealand police warned people to stay indoors as they tried to determine if more than one gunman was involved.

Four people have been detained, and one is Australian.

The victim can be heard saying "hello brother" as the terrorist approached the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch.

Ten people were later killed at the Linwood Islamic Centre, four miles (6km) away.

'Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them, ' he told the New Zealand Herald. "Born in Australia to a working class, low income family". He said Australian authorities were assisting with the investigation. The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers and escaped the terror attack luckily.

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Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said, "We are looking for three other Indonesian citizens".

He added that the Palestinian embassy is liaising with the competent authorities in New Zealand to obtain official information on the Palestinian casualties and follow up on the issue of the conditions of the wounded. "Three of which were outside the mosque itself".

Police officers found weapons and improvised explosive devices in the cars of the people arrested.

Before the shooting, the man uploaded a 73-page manifesto explaining in detail why he'd committed the massacre, according to local media reports.

A spokesman said the attack happened as some of players got off a team bus and were about to enter the mosque.

President Trump offered his condolences in a social media post, saying, "My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the frightful massacre in the Mosques".

"We are dealing with a very serious and tragic series of events in the Christchurch-Canterbury area", police chief Mike Bush said.

He was later asked if he had seen the New Zealand shooter's alleged manifesto.

He tweeted: "Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand following the news of this awful act in Christchurch".

"Many of those who will have been directly affected by the shooting may be migrants to New Zealand". They are us. The person who perpetrated this violence against us is not.