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At Least 49 Dead in New Zealand Terror Attack on 2 Mosques


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Shootings at two mosques in Christchurch Friday have left at least 49 people dead in an attack New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labeled an “extraordinary act of unprecedented violence."

Around 1.45PM local time, point-of-view video footage of the terror attack was posted live to social media. A 28-year-old Australian male has been arrested and charged with the murder, while two others remain in police custody. Around 20 people are seriously injured.  

"Many of the people affected by this act of extreme violence will be from our refugee and migrant communities. New Zealand is their home. They are us,” Ardern stated in a live media cross. "The person or people who carried out this act of unprecedented violence are not. There is no place in our home for them."

In the wake of the attack, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the attacker was an Australian-born citizen and requested flags be flown at half-mast.

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"Australia and New Zealand are not just allies, we’re not just partners, we are family,” he announced in a media statement. “As family members with our New Zealand cousins, today we grieve, we are shocked, we are appalled, we are outraged, and we stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist that has taken the lives, stolen the lives, in a vicious, murderous attack, that has claimed so many New Zealanders.”

Countries around the world similarly echoed their deepest condolences.  

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May tweeted her thoughts to all victims.

"On behalf of the UK, my deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand after the horrifying terrorist attack in Christchurch,” May stated. “My thoughts are with all of those affected by this sickening act of violence.”

Muslim-majority Indonesia extended their deepest sympathies while revealing two Indonesian citizens were injured during the attacks.

"The government and the people of Indonesia convey deep condolences to the victims and their families," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi announced.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan cited Islamophobia as a result of the September 11 attacks as a contributing factor to the massacre.

"Shocked and strongly condemn the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack on mosques. This reaffirms what we have always maintained — that terrorism does not have a religion. Prayers go to the victims and their families," Khan tweeted.

Tweets and condolences continue to stream in from around the world.

New-Zealand-Mosque-Shooting-World-Reacts.jpgYoung demonstrators hold banners from multi-faith group 'Turn to Love' during a vigil at New Zealand House in London, Friday, March 15, 2019.
Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

New-Zealand-Mosque-Shooting-World-Reacts-2.jpgIndian Muslims hold placards during a condolence meeting and protest against Friday's mass shootings in New Zealand in Mumbai, India, Friday, March. 15, 2019.
Image: Rajanish Kakade/AP

Christchurch police have requested all residents stay inside and all mosques remain closed while investigations continue.


Members of the public can register missing persons or register themselves as alive on the Restoring Family Links (RFL) website. People living in New Zealand can also register missing persons by calling 0800 115 019.