World shocked amid right-wing terror attacks on mosques

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australian authorities were investigating any links between the country and the attack but declined to provide further details about the gunman

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australian authorities were investigating any links between the country and the attack but declined to provide further details about the gunman

A telegram of condolences sent by the Vatican on behalf of Pope Francis said he was "deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life cause by the senseless acts of violence at two mosques in Christchurch, and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks".

Authorities said the suspect would appear in Christchurch District Court on Saturday morning.

In a 74-page manifesto, believed to have been written by Tarrant, he describes anti-immigrant motives, saying the victims were a "large group of invaders" who he says "seek to occupy my peoples lands and ethnically replace my own people (sic)".

Ms Ardern said: "Many directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand; they may even be refugees here".

The 1 NEWS broadcaster added that one man arrested by the police had been apprehended outside one of the local high schools.

The Australian man live-streamed the attack on Facebook for 17 minutes, and the footage shows a man walking into a mosque and opening fire.

Pakistan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said his office is "trying to ascertain whether any Pakistanis have been killed in the attack" which he described as "heinous". Police also defused explosive devices in a auto. No place for hatred and violence. Let all Christians pray for healing of people, interfaith relations and New Zealand itself.

"Late last night we were horror-stricken to hear the news of the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques during Jummah Prayers".

In the manifesto, Tarrant described himself as an "ordinary white man" who was from a "working class, low-income family". My parents are of Scottish, Irish and English stock.

"On behalf of myself and my country, which devoted a whole year for tolerance, we offer our condolences to New Zealand, the victims' families and all Muslims", he wrote in Arabic on Twitter. Tarrant used a GoPro camera to livestream the attack on the Al Noor Mosque.

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"He had a big gun ... he came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said witness Ahmad Al-Mahmoud, according to Reuters.

The shooting was carried out during the Jummah Prayer which is a congregational prayer that Muslims hold every Friday.

Gym manager Tracey Gray confirmed the man who filmed the attack and streamed it online was Tarrant.

A Twitter account with the handle @brentontarrant posted on Wednesday images of a rifle and other military gear decorated with names and messages connected to white nationalism.

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters one suspect in custody was "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist who was an Australian-born citizen".

Media later reported that not one but two mosques had been attacked. The mass shootings took place at two separate mosques and left dozens dead.

Mr Khan said the sickening attack carried out by at least one gunman "reaffirms what we have always maintained: that terrorism does not have a religion".

The video shows the gunman then driving off at high speed and firing from his auto.

One of the weapons used in the Christchurch massacres was reportedly engraved with the name of Luca Traini, an Italian far-right militant who was jailed for racist shootings previous year. "My heart goes out to all the New Zealand families..."

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