Mass Shootings at New Zealand Mosques Kill 49; One Man Charged

Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, seven at a mosque in the Linwood neighbourhood and one died in hospital, police said.

Earlier in the day, at least 40 people have been killed and 20 others were in serious condition when gunmen entered two mosques and began shooting in New Zealand's city of Christchurch on Friday.

Video and documents circulating online - but not officially confirmed - suggested the shooter had streamed his attack on Facebook Live. Innocent people being murdered as they worship is horrific and heartbreaking.

The gunman then walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground.

Qureshi said that he has made contact with Pakistan's ambassador to New Zealand to gather details of the terror attack.

However, what comes across as a freaky part of the disgusting act was that in the Facebook live-stream of the shooting, one of the gunmen says: "Remember, lads, subscribe to PewDiePie".

After parking, he took two guns and walked a short distance to the mosque where he opened fire.

PewDiePie took on to Twitter to respond at the whole incident and wrote: "Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch".

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison was quick to offer his nation's "Kiwi cousins" support.

Research showed that young people from the Muslim community were "adapting well to life in New Zealand" and were enjoying more positive outcomes compared with both Maori and European peers, the Victoria University of Wellington's Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research reported in 2010.

"It's a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside. I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said. Police also defused explosive devices in a auto.

She added: "Today, at mosques across Scotland and elsewhere, Muslims will attend Friday prayers".

After going back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his vehicle, where a song can be heard blasting.

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives off before police even arrive.

Christchurch, a relatively small city in the south of New Zealand, hit global headlines in 2011 when it was struck by a deadly quake. The connection to PewDiePie was viewed as part of that strategy by many. Ardern, whose party campaigned on a promise to take in more refugees, called it "the right thing to do".

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

Players and members of the team's coaching staff were reportedly on their bus, approaching the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park when the shooting broke out. Sometimes called the garden city, it has been rebuilding since an natural disaster in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed many downtown buildings.

Vanessa Coleman

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