Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

New Zealand mosque gunman was Australian right-wing terrorist: Australia PM

New Zealand mosque gunman was Australian right-wing terrorist: Australia PM

She also confirmed that the shooting was a "terrorist attack".

Footage of the attacks at two mosques, which left 49 dead in New Zealand's worst-ever mass shooting, was broadcast live to Facebook and then shared by users on other platforms.

Shootings at two Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques on Friday have reignited debate over social media's handling of violent and extremist content.

"The New Zealand Shooting is a despicable act of terrorism, that must be condemned unequivocally". "Four are in custody, three of them are men and one is a woman", commissioner Mike Bush said, saying there were "significant" and "multiple" fatalities.

Morrison said Australians were shocked, appalled and outraged by the attack.

Mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers killed 49 people in New Zealand.

Facebook said it was alerted by police to the livestream on its site, and "quickly removed the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video".

In addition to PewDiePie, many other members of the video game and YouTube communities offered their thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the awful tragedy of the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shooting that occurred on March 15th.

Police said earlier they were hunting "an active shooter" in the centre of Christchurch city.

Law enforcement officers also found a number of improvised explosive devices in the gunmen's cars.

Muslims make up only one percent of New Zealand's population.

"I'm also anxious about New Zealand because NZ is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, very good reputation so that image can be affected by this kind of activity".

The attack targeted hundreds of worshippers at the Masjid Al Noor mosque at Mt Albert and another mosque on Linwood Avenue in Christchurch during Friday prayers. It remains unclear exactly how many perpetrators were involved.

News reports characterized the mosque shootings as the deadliest incident in New Zealand's history.

Schools have gone into lockdown and people have been urged to stay indoors.

"What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence", Ms Ardern wrote on social media.

He said there was one person in custody "but we are unsure if there are other people". "I heard what I thought was fireworks and I saw a bunch of fellas running down the street".

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