49 Confirmed Dead in Mass Shooting at New Zealand Mosques
49 Confirmed Dead in Mass Shooting at New Zealand Mosques The shootings occurred at the Masjid Al Noor mosque and the nearby Linwood Masjid mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.
The attack left 49 people dead and 20 others, including children, seriously injured.
The Masjid Al Noor mosque was reportedly full for Friday afternoon prayers at the time of the shooting.
Witnesses stated the shooter entered the mosque with a semi-automatic weapon and began firing into the service.
He then fled from the mosque on foot, triggering a lockdown of the nearby area including several schools.
Four people were apprehended by police, three men and one woman, shortly after the attack.
Officials stated that a 28-year-old man has been charged with the attack.
The man posted a white-nationalist manifesto on Twitter and 8chan, and a link to his Facebook page where he said he would broadcast the shooting.
Investigators also found and defused two improvised explosives attached to one of the attacker's vehicles.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden called the attack "one of New Zealand's darkest days." Jacinda Arden, via statement