World shocked amid right-wing terror attacks on mosques
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 17, 2019,
Mar 17, 2019, 0:54
Christchurch, New Zealand's second largest city, was also placed under lockdown initially.
After the police said that one person had been detained following the attacks, the New Zealand Herald reported that one shooting was perpetrated by an Australian citizen, who had published a 37-page manifesto detailing his intentions.
The gunman said he was not a member of any organization, acted alone and chose New Zealand to show that even the most remote parts of the world are not free of "mass immigration".
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls it "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
It was not immediately clear if the attacks at the two mosques were carried out by the same man.
Bedfordshire Police's Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: "Thoughts with everyone in New Zealand".
Police first received reports of the shootings at 1:40 p.m. Friday, local time, when mosques around the world are busiest as Muslims convene for Friday prayers.
This morning, The Mirror's coverage of the event shows the perpetrator shooting at people, which users have to press play to see.
One of the weapons used in the Christchurch massacres was reportedly engraved with the name of Luca Traini, an Italian far-right militant who was jailed for racist shootings previous year.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians are appalled by the attack and said they remember all too well the sorrow after a Canadian man shot dead six Muslim men in a Quebec mosque in 2017.
Police describe it as an "active shooter" situation. One suspect is said to be in custody.
"At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders", she said in her message.
We, New Zealand, we were not a target because we are a safe harbour for those who hate. "Additional patients with gunshot wounds presented to other health facilities in the community", the health authority said.
New Zealand Police said that four people - three men and one woman - are in custody in relation to the attacks.
He said he was inspired by Norwegian shooter Anders Breivik.
Al-Azhar University, Egypt's 1000-year-old seat of Sunni Islamic learning, said the attacks had "violated the sanctity of the houses of God". After parking, he took two guns and walked a short distance to the mosque where he opened fire.
Police warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand".
"The SA Jewish Board of Deputies condemns in the strongest terms the heinous shootings of worshipers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand", the statement reads. He said he then went into the mosque to try to help the victims. "As you can imagine, this is requiring every police and emergency resource we have available".
Immigrants "have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home", Ardern said.
Police have urged all mosques across New Zealand to shut their doors.
Armed police on Linwood Ave and specialist armed police after the Linwood Mosque came under attack.
The gunman spends more than two minutes inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, spraying terrified worshippers with bullets again and again, sometimes re-firing at people he has already cut down.