New Zealand Arrests Suspects Linked to Mosque Attacks

The mosques were packed with worshippers for Friday prayers

The mosques were packed with worshippers for Friday prayers

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

"At first, we hide behind the cars and you know under the auto, then when we see the the fighting [shooting] is still on we try to jump the fence".

NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller said Australian police would investigate to help New Zealand authorities and also "make sure that he hasn't slipped through the cracks" in Australia, but said there were "no links back to New South Wales at the moment".

"While some of our elected leaders sadly choose not to mention "Muslim" or "mosque" while denouncing the Christchurch attacks, the reality is that these horrific shootings and the Quebec City mosque attack on January 29, 2017, have left Canadian Muslim communities - and indeed, Muslims around the world - feeling very vulnerable and unsafe", wrote the Council's executive director Ihsaan Gardee.

And our thoughts and prayers are with the people of New Zealand, with the families and friends of those who have died in these attacks and with all those who have been injured. This, I want to assure people, is to ensure that all our agencies are responding in the most appropriate way, that includes at our borders.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday the victims were from across the Muslim world, with Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia among the countries rendering consular assistance.

The New Zealand military also defused explosive devices attached to a auto.

New Zealand Police Investigating Possible Mass Shooting At Mosque
There are unconfirmed reports that the people (shooters) are still at large and that there are shootings in multiple locations. People cowering in corners of a room were all shot as the gunman blocked the hallway, cutting off anyone's attempt to escape.

U.S. President Donald Trump extended condolences on Twitter to New Zealanders and added, "The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do".

Expression shock, sorrow and revulsion, Christchurch's mayor Lianne Dalziel called for her city to come together in kindness.

A post on a message board website linked to Tarrant also said the attack "against the invaders" would be live-streamed on social media. "I guess if you look at what happened in New Zealand perhaps that's a case, I don't know enough about it yet".

Christchurch is home to almost 400,000 people and is sometimes called the Garden City. "Out of respect for them, now is not the time for a conversation that could been (sic) misconstrued to take place on Parliament Hill".

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New Zealand police described the footage shot by the gunman - which AFP has verified, but is not distributing - as "extremely distressing" and warned web users that they could be liable for up to 10 years in jail for sharing such "objectionable content". We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things. Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it, and those values, I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack.

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