Muslim community in Indianapolis reacts to mass shootings at New Zealand mosques

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern condemns Christchurch mosque shooting calls it 'darkest day'

One of the gunmen, who carried out shooting at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city killing 49 people on Friday, has been identified as 28-year-old Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack, " Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees.

Police on Friday stepped up security around mosques across New York State in wake of the mass shootings that killed almost 50 people in New Zealand.

Police found multiple firearms at both locations, as well as two improvised explosive devices attached to a vehicle that were going to be detonated as part of the attack.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that a total of 49 people have been killed and at least 20 others had been seriously injured.

After the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Arden addressed the public, describing Friday as "one of the darkest day in New Zealand".

There are now four individuals who have been apprehended, but three are connected to this attack and are now in custody, one of which has publicly stated that they were Australian born.

"Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online", New Zealand police said in a Twitter post.

Tamim Iqbal tweeted: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!"

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Of the 40 people taken to Christchurch Hospital, one has since died from their injuries. "I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said.

Kate said: "It's utterly cowardly, but it points to a horrific bravado that they would do that and I think it is just disgusting. It must have been an automatic - no one could pull a trigger that quick", the man, who did not wish to be named, told AFP. "Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and indoors until further notice".

"It feeds extremism and terrorism and leads to such brutal terrorist attacks", the statement added. "Not in New Zealand".

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019.

At least one of the weapons used by the gunman appears to have the names of previous mass-murderers, including Norwegian far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed more than 70 people in 2011.

Cops haven't ruled out the possibility of more suspects being at large. This was after a group of terrorists opened fired at Muslim worshipers in two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

"What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence". The first Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand, scheduled to start on Saturday, has been cancelled. "We'll update the nation [on the incident] after getting more details".

"The NYPD sees no New York City connection to the tragedy in New Zealand at this time, but we nevertheless stand prepared to protect the people in all of our communities", NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill added.

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