All Blacks lead tributes after NZ terror attack

New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Media later reported that not one but two mosques had been attacked.

The match planned for Saturday was announced canceled after the shooting took place. "They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not".

The visiting Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting started but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque".

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also condemned the terrorist attack in New Zealand in the strongest terms.

"We're hoping that, over time, people will see sense and understand that violence doesn't create any kind of peace or stability". As New Zealand has stood by us so we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and with Muslims in New Zealand, here in the United Kingdom and around the world.

Moreover, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said she was "shocked beyond words" by the shootings.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Ardern said, adding that it constituted one of New Zealand's "darkest days".

The All Blacks, New Zealand's rugby team and reigning world champions, led tributes to the 49 people killed in the country's worst ever mass shooting on Friday. According to media reports, the attacker also live streamed one of the shootings, and the police promptly urged users not to share the link to the video.

"This is a location of interest in relation to the serious firearms incident in Christchurch today", the police wrote on Twitter. "As you can imagine, this is requiring every police and emergency resource we have available".

"We work closely with partners in the Muslim community and local authorities, including Cambridgeshire County Council, and will continue to do so".

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Brenton Tarrant as "an extremist right-wing violent terrorist". Two other people were being held in custody and police were trying to determine how they might be involved.

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

Armed police following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019.

"There were a number of IEDs attached to the vehicles that we also stopped".

Neil Basu, the Met's national policing chief for counter-terrorism, said: "We will be stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faith, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves".

Four suspects have been arrested, one of whom is an Australian citizen, and a man in his 20s has already been charged with murder and is expected to appear in court tomorrow. Three other people were apprehended... one had nothing to do with this incident...

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team, now on tour in New Zealand, said they had almost been caught up in the tragedy.

At the same time, the Canterbury District Health Board said that at least 48 people, including little children, were being treated at the Christchurch Hospital.

A further 48 people were rushed to Christchurch Hospital with gunshot wounds, 20 in a critical condition. Some people have minor wounds while others are in a critical condition.

The Archbishop of Canterbury posted on Twitter: "Profound sympathy for the victims and relatives of the New Zealand terrorism".

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