'Everybody ran to save themselves' - Eye witnesses recount New Zealand Mosque attack

The scene of one of the attacks at a mosque in Linwood Christchurch

"They have absolutely no place in New Zealand and, in fact, no place in the world", Ardern said.

Prime Minister Theresa May in a tweet said: "deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand after the horrifying terrorist attack in Christchurch".

"Patrols will be held around religious sites", Castaner said on his official Twitter account.

Forty-nine people have been killed and four people are in custody after attackers opened fire during Friday prayers at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

France is home to the largest Muslim minority population in Western Europe and suffered deadly Islamist militant attacks in 2015 and 2016. On Saturday, people across the country were reaching out to Muslims in their communities on social media to volunteer acts of kindness - offering rides to the grocery store or volunteering to walk with them if they felt unsafe. The white supremacist revealed he was inspired by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011.

All mosques in New Zealand had been asked to shut their doors, police said.

The shocking video of the shooting was streamed on Facebook and appears to show a man enter the houses of worship while firing at people.

The two mosques are about five kilometres apart.

She said the focus of New Zealand's security agencies have been monitoring extremism "regardless of where it comes from".

Police outside one of the mosques in New Zealand
Four suspects are in custody after the shootings

Three Bangladeshis were among the dead and one was missing, the consulate said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the people detained was an Australian-born citizen.

This was to ensure all New Zealand's intelligence agencies were responding in the most "appropriate way" - including at the border. He walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground. "I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said.

Bush said police had found two improvised explosive devices in one auto, a clarification from an earlier statement that there were devices in multiple vehicles. It is the busiest day for many mosques around the world when Muslims convene for Friday prayers. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives off before police even arrive. It is the second most-populous city in New Zealand behind Auckland and Wellington. "It must have been an automatic - no one could pull a trigger that quick", the man, who did not wish to be named, told AFP.

Christchurch, a relatively small city in the south of New Zealand, hit global headlines in 2011 when it was struck by a deadly natural disaster. He said he was not a member of any organization, but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.

His manifesto was a welter of often politically contradictory views, touching on numerous most combustible issues of the day, among them the Second Amendment right to own guns, Muslim immigration, terrorist attacks and the wealthiest 1 percent.

Last year, New Zealand's prime minister announced that the country would boost its annual refugee quota from 1,000 to 1,500 in 2020. There will be so many people affected.

The Bangladesh cricket team - which had been in Christchurch for a test match against New Zealand that was later cancelled - all escaped without injury.



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