‘Blood was splashing on me’: Witnesses describe horrific New Zealand mosque attack
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Police also defused explosive devices in a vehicle.
Asked if the police were searching for any other suspects, he said: "We never assume that there aren't other people involved, that's why we've got an huge presence out there ... but we don't have named or identified people that we are looking for, but it would be wrong to assume that there is no-one else".
Safder said they may step up security after this attack.
More than 20 were seriously wounded in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called a "terrorist attack".
"We stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", Morrison told a press conference.
The news has taken over worldwide media with broadcasters including CNN, BBC and CNBC going live to New Zealand - the worst shooting attack to ever take place in the country. Injuries range from critical to minor.
It was not immediately clear if the attacks at the two mosques were carried out by the same man. Investigators say he live streamed one of the shootings on Facebook.
The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch.
Police did not identify those taken into custody and gave no details except to say that none of them had been on any watch list. He said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist.
The third cricket test was cancelled, New Zealand Cricket said later. We stand together in solidarity with them.
When the death toll stood at 40, it was known that 30 people were killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, seven were killed inside the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and three died outside the same mosque. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door. He said he then went into the mosque to try to help.
"I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque".
Three Bangladeshis were among the dead and one was missing, the consulate said.
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Immigrants "have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home", Ardern said. He said one was slightly injured. "I just don't understand it". The gunman, who was wearing a helmet with some sort of device on the top, then exited the mosque, dropping a semi-automatic weapon as he fled the scene. According to a news report by CP24,"the gunman spends more than two minutes inside the mosque spraying terrified worshippers with bullets again and again, sometimes re-firing at people he has already cut down".
The framing of the video, which shows only the gunman's hands holding the gun as he shoots and reloads, is eerily similar to the style of a first-person shooter video game. Children's screams can be heard in the distance as he returns to his vehicle to get another rifle.
After walking back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his auto. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives away. The video then cuts out.
Part of the attack which took place at Al Noor Mosque was broadcast live.
"One person a male in his late 20s has been charged with murder and should appear in the Christchurch Court tomorrow morning".
The Queen also sent a message to the people of New Zealand on Friday.
Luke Western, a Christian and content director of Rhema Media in New Zealand, told Premier he was surprised and saddened by the attack.
Nichols said he saw two injured people being carried out on stretchers past his automotive shop and that both people appeared to be alive.
Jordan's King Abdullah II tweeted that "the heinous massacre against Muslims praying in peace in New Zealand is an appalling terrorist crime". He had previously donated to and collaborated with nationalist organizations, though he claims to have acted alone in ordering the attack.
London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the city's Metropolitan Police force would be visible outside mosques. Ardern, whose party campaigned on a promise to take in more refugees, called it "the right thing to do". He said about 200 family members were at the hospital awaiting news of their loved ones. In his manifesto, he explains that he selected New Zealand because of its geographic location; he wanted to prove to the world that even the most remote areas were not free of "mass immigration". It has been rebuilding since an natural disaster in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed many downtown buildings.
In a video posted to YouTube, she said: "Through terror attacks that have taken place on United Kingdom soil we know only too well the pain that such horrifying attacks can cause".
"Entire team got saved from active shooters! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers".
Four people have been arrested in connection with the attack.
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