Dead, Dozens Injured After Attacks At New Zealand Mosques

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New Zealand police have arrested three people in connection with the attacks including one man who has been charged with murder.

One of the alleged gunmen has Australian citizenship, the Prime Minister of Austrlia, Australia, Scott Morrison, has said.

Earlier, a gunman opened fire on Friday prayers at a mosque in New Zealand killing many worshippers and forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt.

A number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after the shootings were defused by police.

"What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence", she said, adding that the attackers have "no place in New Zealand". Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, speaking on Checkpoint, said the country had been robbed of its "innocence", while Andrew Little, the justice minister, affirmed, "There is no place for hate in New Zealand". The joint intelligence group has been deployed and police are putting all of their resources into this situation.

Young children were among 48 people being treated at Christchurch Hospital.

He said that key points in his radicalisation were the defeat of the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in 2017 elections, and the death of 11-year-old Ebba Åkerlund in the 2017 Stockholm truck attack. It appears the shooting targeted immigrants, some of whom hid in the mosque when the shooting began. One man has been charged with murder following the attacks.

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Witnesses say about 300 people were inside the Al Noor mosque at the time of the shooting, taking part in Friday prayers.

Meanwhile, leaders across the globe responded with outrage after Australian senator Fraser Anning apparently said in a statement shared online that the real cause of the attack was Muslim immigration.

British Prime Minister Theresa May offered deepest condolences "after the horrifying terrorist attack in Christchurch".

Counter Terrorism Policing UK supported the request from the New Zealand police "not to share the distressing footage" and called for "both the public and media to show restraint". The New Zealand-Bangladesh third Test match set to be played in Christchurch was cancelled. "This is not who we are", Ardern told the nation.

While authorities believe there are no other suspects, Ardern stated the national security threat level has been raised to the second-highest level as a direct result of the mass shooting. "49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured", Trump wrote on Twitter after the attacks in Christchurch.

We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are an enclave for extremism. It's also requesting extra police patrols at their mosque in Old Irving Park, their education center in Morton Grove, and their campus in Skokie.

Peneha said he was baffled by the attack, saying he had lived "next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly, I just don't understand it".