Shootings took place at 'two locations', says police

Governor John Rankin Imam Ashmead Ali and Minister Wayne Caines Bermuda March 15 2019

Governor John Rankin Imam Ashmead Ali and Minister Wayne Caines Bermuda March 15 2019

However, Bush didn't mention the other people.

Bush said several explosives had been attached to vehicles.

Earlier New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put the number at 40. There were reports of between nine and 27 people killed in the incident. "The suspects had not been on security watch lists, officials said". Facebook said it had removed the gunman's Facebook and Instagram accounts and was working to remove any copies of the footage.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the United Kingdom "stands with" New Zealand after multiple people were killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

Another man said he saw children being shot.

4pm: One person confirmed to be in custody. He described the incident as a terrorist attack.

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

Four people have been detained, and one is Australian. The livestream began as the gunman drove to the Al Noor Mosque in Deans Ave, parking his auto in a nearby driveway. A further 10 people were killed at the Linwood Avenue mosque on the eastern side of the city, 7 inside the mosque and an additional 3 outside the building.

"One man in his late 20s, whom the authorities declined to name, was charged with murder and was expected to appear in court on Saturday morning". One person died in hospital, The New Zealand Herald reported. He said Australian authorities were assisting with the investigation.

Morrison called him "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

Three others remain in custody.

Reports of the attack are conflicting, variously presenting the attacks as taking place at one or two mosques in Christchurch.

The foreign ministry says there are 330 Indonesian citizens in Christchurch, 130 of them students.

The alleged shooter wrote in a manifesto, "I chose firearms for the effect it would have on social discourse, the extra media coverage they would provide and the effect it could have on the politics of United States and thereby the political situation of the world".

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He extended his condolences for the victims' families and wished speedy recovery for the wounded.

Three men and a woman have been apprehended by police.

The Bangladesh cricket team was in the vicinity of the shooting but all members were safe, a team coach told media.

Police also had the mosques locked down.

"It is clear that this is one of New Zealand's darkest days".

A gunman entered a packed mosque on Deans Ave, in Christchurch, about 1.40pm on Friday and opened fire. The Linwood mosque shooting claimed seven lives while a second shooting, at the Al Noor mosque, resulted in 41 dead.

"To the Muslim community- my heart is broken by the horror & loss in New Zealand".

"Many of those impacted by the shootings may be migrants, and they have chosen to make New Zealand their home".

'We managed to get her into the auto of one of the people who was helping and got her to the hospital, she was critical, ' he told RNZ.

No details were immediately available.

A neighbor described mass casualties inside the mosque and said he saw the gunman flee.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says there have been "multiple fatalities" at two locations - both mosques.

Schools have gone into lockdown and people have been urged to stay indoors. "I saw some people had blood on their body and some people were limping", an eyewitness said.

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