Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Christchurch Shooting: 49 People Killed In New Zealand Mosque Terror Attack

Christchurch Shooting: 49 People Killed In New Zealand Mosque Terror Attack

It was by far the deadliest shooting in modern New Zealand history.

At least 49 people have been killed and 20 seriously injured after gunmen opened fire in two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch Friday, a coordinated and unprecedented attack that has shocked the usually peaceful nation.

Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, said six nationals were inside the mosque when the attack occurred, with three managing to escape and three still unaccounted for.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that one of the apprehended is an Australian-born citizen, while UK Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed her condolences in a statement. The terror attack had been live-streamed on Facebook and uploaded onto social media sites where it was widely shared before being taken down.

He said: "An attack on a place of worship is an attack against all faiths, I'm confident that in the days ahead you will see all communities come together". Hospitals said children were among the victims.

"I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly", he said. "Who chose to take a stand to ensure a future for my people".

At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 40 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country's worst ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism. Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.

YouTube content star PewDiePie has issued a response to having his name attached to the New Zealand mosque massacre, saying he was "sickened" by any connection to the incident.

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He describes himself as "a private and mostly introverted person" and admits he is racist, adding that he is an "Eco-fascist by nature".

Christchurch, a relatively small city in the south of New Zealand, hit global headlines in 2011 when it was struck by a deadly quake.

"The killer appears to have put out a "manifesto" based on white supremacist rhetoric which includes references to anti-Islamic comments". It is the busiest day for many mosques around the world when Muslims convene for Friday prayers.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in his condemnation remarks, said that Christchurch incident was quite sorrowful. One person was later released.

One man, with blood still on his shirt, said in a television interview that he hid from the gunman under a bench and prayed that he would run out of bullets.

A spokesman said the attack happened as some of players got off a team bus and were about to enter the mosque.

Bangladesh were scheduled to play New Zealand in the third and final Test of the series, beginning tomorrow. He was killed by police.

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