49 killed at mosques in 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'

49 killed at mosques in 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'

According to CNBC News, almost 50 people were killed and more than 40 people are being treated for injuries after at least one shooter opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

Two other people remain in custody, although their link to the attack is not clear.

One man was arrested and charged with murder.

A complex investigation is underway into this awful attack, and Police have a number of a priorities today in terms of investigation and intelligence gathering. New Zealand police described the footage shot by the gunman - which AFP has verified, but is not distributing - as "extremely distressing" and warned web users that they could be liable for up to 10 years in jail for sharing such "objectionable content".

Police presence in Christchurch and around the country was heightened while families arrived to streets near the mosques with tributes for the victims.

A video purportedly showed the assault on the Al Noor Mosque, live-streamed by one of the attackers. In New Zealand, commentators also anxious that the horror would sow deep divisions in a society that has largely avoided the polarizations that have spread elsewhere.

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, authorities said.

There could be no more perplexing a setting for a mass slaughter than New Zealand, a nation so placid and so isolated from the mass shootings that plague the USA that police officers rarely carry guns.

That was when an Uzbek man drove a truck into a crowd of people in Stockholm, killing five.

In a statement released by the Clarence House Instagram page, Prince Charles has shared his horror on what is the darkest day in New Zealand's history. "While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence, and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", she vowed. His ideology seems grounded in white nationalism and racial grievance, especially against Muslims or those who aren't European, and he scrawled the names of other mass shooters on his weapon.

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

Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay huddled on the floor of the mosque, the video showed.

Bush said at a news conference Sunday that they found another body at Al Noor mosque as they finished removing the victims, bringing the number of people killed there to 42.

The gunman livestreamed the attack on Facebook and posted a manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, white supremacist and Islamophobic rhetoric.

Firearms continue to be an intricate part of civilian life in New Zealand as an estimated 1.2m firearms are owned, according to the 2017 Small Arms Survey for a country with a population of under 5 million.

"I could hear screaming and crying". He also had more assault weapons in the trunk of his vehicle, along with what appeared to be explosives. Almost 50 reporters packed the courtroom in downtown Christchurch.

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