49 dead in New Zealand mosques shooting

New Zealand's Muslim community was in shock Friday after dozens were killed in deadly attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, on what the prime minister described as one of the nation´s "darkest days".

At least 49 people have died in the massacres at two mosques in Christchurch today.

One man outside the mosque said that he prayed that the gunman would "run out of bullets".

- Two men and one woman are also in custody over the attacks.

"New Zealand is one of the most peaceful, peace-loving and generous nations in the world".

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in his condemnation remarks, said that Christchurch incident was quite sorrowful.

He has been described by Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

In the aftermath, the country's threat level was raised from low to high, police warned Muslims against going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand, and the national airline canceled several flights in and out of Christchurch, a city of almost 400,000.

In Muslim-majority Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the biggest party in its ruling coalition, said: "I am deeply saddened by this uncivilized act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians".

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed.

Satellite navigational audio could also be heard in the video as the gunman drove to the mosque, which AFP tracked on Google StreetView showing his route for the two kilometres (1.2 miles) leading there.

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"I was just praying to God and hoping our God, please, let this guy stop" Mahmood Nazeer told TVNZ. "When the firing stopped, I looked over the fence, there was one guy, changing his gun".

Forty-one of those slain were at the Masjid al Noor in central Christchurch, police said. Police also defused explosive devices in a auto. The gunman's video had shown red petrol canisters in the back of his vehicle, along with weapons.

The Bangladesh cricket team - which had been in Christchurch for a test match against New Zealand that was later cancelled - all escaped without injury.

A spokesman said the attack happened as some of players got off a team bus and were about to enter the mosque. "They are shaken but good".

- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the national security threat level has been lifted from low to high, adding the shootings appeared to have been a well-planned "terrorist attack". He was killed by police.

  • Rogelio Becker