At least three Bangladeshis among dead after Christchurch mosque shootings

A witness says many people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.(AP

Mass shooting at mosque in Christchurch

She also confirmed that the shooting was a "terrorist attack". "From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned".

The tragedy was all posted to social media after the suspected shooter live-streamed the attack at the Cathedral Square Mosque, where more than 300 people were said to be inside for Friday prayers in the city of Christchurch.

The news has taken over global media with broadcasters including CNN, BBC and CNBC going live to New Zealand - the worst shooting attack to ever take place in the country. "Later, the families were informed that they have been hospitalised after being shot", Bhuiyan said.

Four people were taken into custody, three men and one woman, in connection with the attack but only one has been charged with murder so far.

A gunman opened fire on Friday prayers at a mosque in New Zealand killing many worshippers and forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt.

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Mr Morrison said while New Zealand authorities were leading the investigation, Australian agencies had launched their own investigation into Mr Tarrant.

Camera Icon**WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT** Man who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant, 28, of Australia filmed self just before live streaming mass shooting at mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Whoever is responsible for the fatal shooting spree at Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch picked the day of the year the most number of worshippers were in attendence, according to a New Zealand Islam community leader.

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

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

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He tweeted: "Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand following the news of this awful act in Christchurch". "It is clear this is one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Ardern said at a Friday afternoon news conference, "what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

"We should not be perpetuating, sharing, giving any oxygen to this act of violence and the message that is sitting behind it", Ardern said.

All mosques in New Zealand had been asked to shut their doors, police said.

Police have urged people nearby to stay indoors. "I heard what I thought was fireworks and I saw a bunch of fellas running down the street".

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