Dead in New Zealand Terrorist Attack

Police block the road near the shooting at a mosque in Linwood Christchurch New Zealand Friday

Police block the road near the shooting at a mosque in Linwood Christchurch New Zealand Friday

"There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence".

The press release further read, "In a letter addressed to H. E. Ms. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, he expressed his deepest condolences to the families bereaved in this dastardly attack, offered heartfelt prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured and underscored Indias solidarity with the friendly people of New Zealand at this hard time".

"This has been an abhorrent event and my thoughts are with all of those affected in Christchurch".

A gunman stormed into two mosques and opened fire killing 49 people and leaving 20 others injured during Friday prayers in the country's worst mass shooting every.

Christchurch hospital alone is now treating 48 people, from young children to adults, with gunshot wounds.

According to the police, 41 people were killed at Deans Avenue mosque and seven at Linwood mosque while one injured died in hospital.

Once again I want to reassure the public that a large Police presence remains in the city for the time being.

Serbian protesters enter state TV headquarters in Belgrade
After several hours in a tense standoff, special police units cleared the protesters out of the building. Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin told pro-government Pink TV that the protesters are "fascists".

A 28-year-old man will appear in Christchurch District Court today charged with murder.

Two Jordanians were among those killed, and others were wounded. Another person was arrested earlier today however that was not related to these events. It is very early days and these matters will form part of the investigation.

There is an increased Police presence across Christchurch and surrounding areas. "The US stands by New Zealand for anything we can do", Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

Police and the wider government will be working with leaders and members of the Islamic Community to provide assistance, reassurance and support.

"This attack has been an enormous shock for all New Zealanders, and I am aware that there is a real sense of fear and concern for personal safety, particularly among our Muslim communities".

Police wish to notify the public of the Restoring Family Links (RFL) website (link is external) where people can register missing persons or register themselves as alive.

Information will continue to be provided as it becomes available.

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