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France boosts security at places of worship after New Zealand mosque attack

17 March, 2019, 00:12 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an Australian national arrested after the attack was an "extremist, right-wing violent terrorist".

The attack, thought to be the deadliest against Muslims in the West in modern times, was immediately dubbed terrorism by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as she guided a shocked nation on one of its "darkest days".

"London stands with the people of Christchurch in the face of this horrific terror attack", he said.

He confirmed media reports that the gunman, who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant and mowed down worshippers in two mosques in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch, was an Australian-born citizen.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 49 people had been killed at two mosques and one man in his late 20s charged with murder.

"An attack against peaceful people gathering for prayer is shocking in its cruelty and cynicism", Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Authorities have not elaborated on who they detained.

"We have one person in custody but we are unsure if there are other people".

Ms Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and acknowledged many of those affected may be migrants and refugees.

Bush also asked all mosques in New Zealand to close their doors for safety reasons, urging "anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go. They have no place in New Zealand". Police do not believe there are any other suspects but said it was still an open investigation. A police statement gave no further detail of how it might be linked to the attacks.

World leaders condemned the attacks and offered condolences.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan echoed Erdogan.

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"I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9-11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim", he tweeted.

Almost 50 people were killed in the attacks which took place at two mosques in Christchurch in Friday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the attack was a result of the demonizing of Muslims.

"That's why the attack in Christchurch is for us so shocking and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families".

"I saw dead people everywhere". "It's unbelievably nutty. I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

He said the gunman was white and was wearing a helmet with some kind of device on top, giving him a military-type appearance.

The online video footage, which appeared to have been captured on a camera strapped to the gunman's head, showed red petrol canisters in the back of his auto, along with weapons.

The framing of the video, which shows only the gunman's hands holding the gun as he shoots and reloads, is eerily similar to the style of a first-person shooter video game.

The gunman fires dozens of bullets at people trying to run away or lying down in huddled groups in corners of the rooms. After walking back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his vehicle, where the song "Fire" by English rock band "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" can be heard blasting from the speakers. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives off before police even arrive.

A cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh scheduled to start Saturday was canceled after the Bangladesh cricket team had a narrow escape.

Take That posted: "Our thoughts are with those affected by the bad events in New Zealand". Nichols said he saw two wounded people being carried out on stretchers past his automotive shop.

Police are warning people on social media about the distressing video which captured 17-minutes of the attack.

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