PM Imran condemns terrorist attack at mosque in New Zealand

PM Imran condemns terrorist attack at mosque in New Zealand

The match planned for Saturday was announced canceled after the shooting took place.

A terrorist armed with semi-automatic weapons rampaged through two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch during afternoon prayers Friday, killing 49 worshippers and wounding dozens more. One person with us had a bullet in her arm.

The government advised people not to go to mosques until further notice.

There was a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque that killed at least 10 people.

Muslims account for just over 1% of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed. "God bless all!" Trump tweeted.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Brenton Tarrant as "an extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the attacks the "latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia". "I am calling on the world, in particular the West, to take quick measures", he said.

"It shows that extremism is nurtured and that it lives in many places", she said.

"It's obviously very sad".

The attacker live-streamed footage of him going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away. He also claimed to be a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist.

All mosques in New Zealand had been asked to shut their doors, police said. Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald that he heard about five gunshots and that a worshipper returned fire with a rifle or shotgun. "My thoughts are with all of those affected by this sickening act of violence".

"We are in contact with federal partners and the global intelligence community monitoring the tragedy in New Zealand", CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

"We're heartbroken over the events in Christchurch today".

New Zealand raised its national security level to high for the first time following the attack.

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Police did not say whether the same person was responsible for both shootings.

The police described the move as a precaution as "there is no ongoing or specific threat to any mosque or place of worship" in the state.

Pope Francis assured "all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity", the Vatican said.

"The European Union will always stand with.NewZealand and against those who heinously want to destroy our societies and our way of life", he wrote.

"Japan is determined to resolutely stand up against terrorism".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the twin shooting - the worst in her country's history - as a terror attack.

"We must link arms around the world to stand up against this evil".

"We're obviously greatly disturbed on what seems to be a terror attack, this hate crime in New Zealand".

Four people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

"I hope that those involved will be severely punished", he said in a message to Arden.

"And when responding to this shocking, appalling attack, we are grateful to the emergency services for their bravery and compassion, and for the support they have given to those who were injured".

He added he had been planning the attack for two years, but only picked Christchurch as the location three months ago. Our prayers for all affected and for Muslim friends and neighbours here.

He also gave details about his upbringing in the manifesto, writing, "I am just a regular white man, from a regular family, who made a decision to take a stand to ensure a future for my people".

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