Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

At least 49 killed after gunmen open fire

At least 49 killed after gunmen open fire

The massacre during Friday prayers wounded more than 40 others in the country's worst-ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism.

The gunmen live-streamed horrific footage of their attack on Facebook.

He is set to appear at the Christchurch District Court early Saturday.

Like Daesh terrorists, Tarrant states that he is doing what he is doing "to take a stand to ensure a future for my people", and suggests that he has been active in violence against Muslims by describing himself as a "kebab removalist", a racist term that comes from a far-right Islamophobic meme originating from Serbian war songs praising convicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic who perpetrated genocide against Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995. It is thought likely the attackers in Christchurch planned their attack, which began around noon local time, to coincide with the attendance of Jummah worshipers.

Police also found multiple explosive devices in a vehicle belonging to one of the suspects, the BBC reported.

Speaking in Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the gunman as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist". Health officials said 48 other people were being treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do.

"I heard a big sound of the gun. It must have been an automatic - no one could pull a trigger that quick", the man who did not wish to be named, told AFP.

"Then people started running out".

Swedish YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, AKA PewDiePie, has said he is "absolutely sickened" to have been mentioned by the suspect in the New Zealand mosque shootings during a livestream of the attacks.

"Our thoughts are with those affected by the appalling events in Christchurch today, including the Muslim community in New Zealand and beyond". PewDiePie is a popular YouTuber who has over 89 million subscribers.

Our national security threat level has been lifted from low to high.

In Auckland, 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) away, two unattended bags left near a railway station were detonated by military explosives experts.

"I'm not surprised at all that they were targeted on a Friday, and I do believe that it will affect the number possibly in masjids today", Siddiqui said, using the Arabic word for mosques.

The southeastern city was named in the suspect's manifesto as the original target for his attack.

A GUNMAN who livestreamed himself opening fire at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch also posted a manifesto online addressing his reasons for the attack. Friday is Islam's holy day. "It didn't stop a mass shooting!"

In the manifesto, seen by SBS News, the man who identifies as Brenton Tarrant said he "only arrived in New Zealand to live temporarily whilst I planned and trained" but then made a decision to carry out an attack there. There are reports children were also at the scene and four to five men were seen being led out of the building with their hands behind their head.

"There were bodies all over", he said.

Ms Sturgeon visited a mosque in Glasgow on Friday afternoon, and a vigil took place in the city centre later. "We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel", he told AFP.

The comments from the head of British counter-terror police come as Muslims in the United Kingdom shared their fears about copycat attacks. "49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured". Three other people were apprehended, though one of those people might not have been involved in the shootings.

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