What You Need to Know About Mosques Shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand mosque shooting: At least 49 killed after gunmen open fire

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the attack "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

After Friday prayers, dozens of people gathered outside Istanbul's Fatih Mosque - one of the city's main mosques - chanting condemnation of the attack and waving signs saying "Stop global terrorism" and "Crusader Savagery in New Zealand".

The local police department also noted that improvised explosive devices had been found inside a vehicle they stopped after the shooting adding that all mosques in the country have been asked to shut their doors.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he hoped New Zealand "will arrest these terrorists and do the necessary under the law of the country". Police said multiple fatalities had occurred at two mosques, but it was unclear how many attackers were involved.

Following the incident, The Stuff news portal reported that a Christchurch hospital was expecting to receive from 40 to 50 people injured in the shootings. "I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said.

He said he was in New Zealand temporarily while he "planned and trained" the attack.

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Spanish Premier Pedro Sanchez said his thoughts were with the victims, families and government of New Zealand after attacks by "fanatics and extremists who want to destroy our societies".

A gunman livestreamed the shootings on Facebook, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants, calling them "invaders". "It must have been an automatic - no one could pull a trigger that quick", the man, who did not wish to be named, told AFP.

"I call on our government to redouble its efforts to ensure mosques are protected, and call on fellow Muslims to resist the temptation to roll up the banners in fear, as this attack was created to do".

"Feeling very sick, that person is brainless and a savage", said one Indonesian twitter user who identified himself as Farhan Adhitama.

It wasn't immediately clear how or if the two people in custody who weren't charged are connected to the terror attack. He also claimed to be a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist. "They have no place in New Zealand".

In a message to the Governor-General of New Zealand, the Queen said: "I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today".

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While authorities believe there are no other suspects, Ardern stated the national security threat level has been raised to the second-highest level as a direct result of the mass shooting.

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019.

"But, as I say, New Zealand has been chosen because we are not a place where violent extremism exists".

"What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

In it, he says he was inspired by mass killer Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.

He went on: "We pray, too, for the shooter and their supporters, because for any person to do this, they must have such hatred in their hearts, such misalignment of the value of human life, that they, too, need our prayer".

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