New Zealand, March 15 (TNS): In New Zealand, 49 people were killed when gunmen targeted worshippers in two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch on Friday.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said forty-nine people were killed at two mosques and one man in his late 20s charged with murder.
The incidents occurred at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch and a mosque in the suburb of Linwood.
A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque, after publishing a manifesto in which he denounced immigrants.
One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest. The man burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.
Addressing a news conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the incident as terrorism.
She said four people in police custody, three men and one woman, held extremist views but had not been on any police watchlists.
The visiting Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting started but all members were safe.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one of the men in custody was Australian.
All mosques in New Zealand have been asked to shut their doors, police said.
The killings were condemned by political and Islamic leaders across Asia.
Info Minister expresses grief over attacks at two mosques in New Zealand
Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad has expressed grief over attacks at two mosques in New Zealand.
In a tweet on Friday, he said hearts and soul of people of Pakistan are with people of New Zealand.
The Minister said Pakistan suffered same situation years back and can feel and relate to the pain and misery.