Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as a terrorist attack and one of New Zealand's "darkest days". It is the nation's deadliest attack.
A gunman identifying himself as an Australian live-streamed the rampage at Al Noor mosque to Facebook.
A man in his late 20s has been arrested and charged with murder. Two other men and one woman were also detained.Firearms and explosive devices were recovered, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. One of those detained was later released.
The gunman live-streaming the attack from a head-mounted camera said he was a 28-year-old Australian called Brenton Tarrant. The footage showed him firing indiscriminately at men, women and children from close range inside the Al Noor mosque. Facebook said it had removed the gunman's Facebook and Instagram accounts and was working to remove any copies of the footage.
The killings in New Zealand are so horrific and heartbreaking. This white supremacist terrorist movement is so destructive here and abroad. We need to unite against it.— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 15, 2019
He is a Terrorist not a shooter.— 24/7 HipHop News (@BenjaminEnfield) March 15, 2019
He is not a mentally ill person.
He streamed it live on Facebook.
I’ve watched video & I’m sick to my stomach.
R.I.P. #NewZealand #ChristchurchMosqueAttack #ChristchurchMosqueAttack pic.twitter.com/ULhTiiOCml