49 killed in New Zealand mosque attacks

The scene of one of the attacks at a mosque in Linwood Christchurch

"We heard firing and it was from the main entrance of the buidling".

One man outside the mosque said that he prayed that the gunman would "run out of bullets". "Some were covered in blood", he said, adding that he joined the fleeing crowd and managed to escape.

"Some people had blood on their body, and some were limping. I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said.

The shooter reportedly said, "Subscribe to PewDiePie" during the attack.

Another man said he saw children being shot.

Brenton Tarrant said that he is a white supremacist and says that he is from the "British Stock". Born in Australia to a working class, low income family. I had a regular childhood, without any great issues.

When asked why they weren't on any lists, Ardern said: "It's an indication they had not acted in a way that warranted it". "Who made a decision to take a stand to ensure a future for my people". He walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground.

New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush addresses the media following the mosque shooting in Christchurch, saying four people are in custody after the "unprecedented situation".

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue, and one person died from their injuries in hospital.

Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay huddled on the floor, the video showed. Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage. It is the busiest day for many mosques around the world when Muslims convene for Friday prayers.

"He had a big gun. he came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud.

AFP analysed a copy of the Facebook Live video, which shows a clean-shaven, Caucasian man with short hair driving to the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, then shooting as he enters the building.

Police outside one of the mosques in New Zealand
Four suspects are in custody after the shootings

The manifesto detailing motivations for the attack was posted on Friday morning onto a Twitter account with the same name and profile image as the Facebook page that streamed the attack. Two others, whose roles remain unclear, are in custody.

The killings were condemned by political and Islamic leaders across Asia.

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

"We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", Morrison told a press conference.

"Muslims have been living in New Zealand (for) over 100 years and nothing has ever happened to us like this, so this is not going to change the way we feel about New Zealand at all".

Both mosques are in Christchurch's city center and police have placed the two locations on lockdown.

"I was just praying to God and hoping our God, please, let this guy stop" Mahmood Nazeer told TVNZ.

"The firing went on and on". One person was later released. The video then cuts out.

Tarrant's relatives in the Australian town of Grafton, in New South Wales, contacted police after learning of the shooting and were helping with the investigation, local authorities said.

After 49 lives were lost in this senseless attack, police also found improvised explosive devices strapped to vehicles, according to Buzzfeed News. "They are shaken but good".

Bangladesh were scheduled to play New Zealand in the third and final Test of the series, beginning tomorrow.

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