What we know about New Zealand mosque attacks

Ambulances parked outside a mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand Friday

Ambulances parked outside a mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand Friday

"We are not just allies, we are not just partners, we are family", he said.

She says the offender is in custody, adding: "I can give that assurance, he has been apprehended".

Police did not immediately say whether the same person was responsible for both shootings.

New Zealand's prime minister said that immigrants and refugees "have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home".

AFP confirmed the authenticity of the livestreamed video partly by matching the distinctive features at the mosque seen in the footage with images available online.

And West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock, who is also health secretary, Tweeted: "Desperately shocked at the bad terrorist attack on New Zealand mosques". She added that another 20 people have been "seriously injured".

- Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one of those arrested was an Australian citizen and described the suspected attacker as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

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In her statement to the nation, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had termed the Friday's terror attacks on mosques as one of New Zealand's 'darkest days'.

"You may have chosen us but we utterly reject and condemn you".

"When the flames of hatred are fanned, when people are demonized due to their faith, when people's fears are played on rather than addressed, the consequences are deadly as we have seen so sadly today", he said. I shall visit mosques today to pay my respects and reassure friends.

Eye witnesses said that they saw the terrorist shoot worshipers in their chests and head.

"London stands with the people of Christchurch in the face of this horrific terror attack", he said.

Players and members of the team's coaching staff were reportedly on their bus, approaching the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park when the shooting broke out.

"I can't even imagine what would have happened if they were there five minutes earlier", he said on social media.

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"I was thinking that he must run out bullets you know, so what I did was basically waiting and praying to God, oh God please let this guy run out of bullets", he said.

Christchurch was put on lockdown with all schools and council buildings shut and roads closed across the city. And a young child who was in a children's hospital in Auckland was also listed as critical.

Christchurch is a coastal city of 404,500 residents.

The flag flies at haft mast on the New Zealand High Commission in London. It has an agricultural economy. In all, a total of 49 people were killed.

Just 1% of New Zealand's population of nearly five million are Muslim, according to government statistics, less than 50,000 people in 2013.

For many New Zealand was their choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to.it was a place where many came to for their safety.

He described Christchurch as a "very peaceful city" that is still getting over the devastating 6.3 magnitude quake that hit in 2011.

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"We have mobilised every police resource in the Canterbury region to respond to this and we are also in the process of mobilising every national police resource to keep people safe".

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