"They Are Us": New Zealand PM's Tribute To Mosque Shootings Victims

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The shootings took place in Christchurch, New Zealand near Cathedral Square and Hagley Park. Local schools and public buildings were reportedly placed on lockdown.

He wrote that "49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured".

The Palestinian chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, called the attack a "consequence of racist ideologies that continue trying to promote religious wars".

"Solidarity with the people of New Zealand grieving over the heinous terrorist attack in Christchurch".

"The person who has committed this act against us is not".

On Saturday, outside one of the two mosques, 32-year-old Ash Mohammed pushed through police barricades in hopes of finding out what happened to his father and two brothers, whose cellphones rang unanswered.

"At this stage, we will not be discussing the offenders' possible motivations or the causes of this incident". He walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground. Dunedin is a city near the southern tip of New Zealand, around 225 miles from Christchurch.

Immigrants "have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home", Ardern said.

Moreover, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said she was "shocked beyond words" by the shootings.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Ardern said, call this "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

The New York Times reports the camera used to stream the shootings was worn by the gunman as he attacked the Al Noor Mosque.

Police said they had released a preliminary list of the victims to families, which has helped give closure to some relatives who were waiting for any news.

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Two more people, whose identity remains unknown as yet, were also arrested. On Friday, Ardern characterized the incident as a terrorist act.

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"New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we removed both the shooter's Facebook account and the video".

The 1 NEWS broadcaster reported, citing an Australian police source, that the shooter was Brenton Tarrant from the city of Grafton in Australia's eastern New South Wales state.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the people detained was an Australian-born citizen.

Police took three men and a woman into custody after the shootings. "This is a very real tragedy with real victims and we strongly encourage people to not share or view the video". "But we can not assume there are no others at large", Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters.

"Police can now confirm the lockdown of schools throughout Christchurch has been lifted", the police said in a statement. He also had more assault weapons in the trunk of his vehicle, along with what appeared to be improvised explosives.

The bombs have been assessed by the Defence Force and are now safe.

One man was arrested and charged with murder.

Three others were apprehended but are yet to be confirmed to be involved with the incident.

Their attacks left 49 people dead and at least 48 injured.

"Forty-eight patients, ranging from young children to adults with gunshot wounds are being treated at Christchurch Hospital". Some people have minor wounds while others are in a critical condition.

Javed Dadabhai, who flew from Auckland after learning about the death of his 35-year-old cousin Junaid Mortara, said the Muslim community was being patient.