Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brenton Tarrant Photos: Full Story Of New Zealand Mosque Shooter

Brenton Tarrant Photos: Full Story Of New Zealand Mosque Shooter

"I think that we've welcomed a high number of refugees into New Zealand over the last few years in particular".

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.

Afghanistan's ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Wahidullah Waissi, said on Twitter that one Afghan national had been killed and three wounded.

Here is a summary of global reactions.

Following the incident, The Stuff news portal reported that a Christchurch hospital was expecting to receive from 40 to 50 people injured in the shootings.

Police have urged all mosques across New Zealand to shut their doors.

One of the gunmen - believed to be an Australian extremist - livestreamed the deadly assault, stoking outrage and fear that others may be targeted in copy-cat attacks.

A second man said he quickly realised the seriousness of the incident when he saw people covered in blood. "For people of all religions and of none, a red line has been crossed", Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote on his official Twitter feed.

Tarrant said that the attacks were inspired by Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, according to The Telegraph.

Eyewitnesses who still stood in shock outside the two Christchurch mosques, where they were apparently attacked by nationalist extremists, described the "unbelievable" scene.

Clark on Friday described the Christchurch shootings as "a heinous hate crime".

The third cricket test was cancelled, New Zealand Cricket said later. "My thoughts are with all of those affected by this sickening act of violence".

Castaner also condemned the attacks and sent his sympathies to the victims.

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The Queen has released a statement on behalf of herself and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, saying: "I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. We should pray for the people of New Zealand, but especially communities around Christchurch that have suffered so much in recent years".

London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the city's Metropolitan Police force would be visible outside mosques.

"It is such a sad and devastating reminder of the evil that can be ever present about us", Morrison said of the attacks.

In a video posted to YouTube, she said: "Through terror attacks that have taken place on United Kingdom soil we know only too well the pain that such horrifying attacks can cause".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians are appalled by the attack and said they remember all too well the sorrow after a Canadian man shot dead six Muslim men in a Quebec mosque in 2017.

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

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a press conference in Wellington, adding that the attack appeared to have been "well-planned".

"Harrowing news from New Zealand overnight" said EU Council president Donald Tusk.

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. "We stand together against such acts of terrorism".

The attack has been condemned across Peterborough.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg said the US-led alliance "stands with our friend and partner New Zealand in defense of our open societies and shared values".

"I would never have expected anything like this to happen in Christchurch, I'd never expect this to happen in New Zealand", Dalziel said, as quoted by the Stuff news outlet.

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