Canadian minister of public safety condemns New Zealand shootings

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

There could be no more perplexing a setting for a mass slaughter than New Zealand, a nation so placid and so isolated from the mass shootings that plague the USA that police officers rarely carry guns. A 28-year-old man was later charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning local time.

Christchurch Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 41 people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque near Hagley Park, while seven were shot dead at the Linwood Avenue Mosque.

The New Zealand-Bangladesh third Test match set to be played in Christchurch was cancelled. Shortly before the attack, he published a 73-page "manifesto" in which he vowed "revenge" against Muslim "invaders" and said he was inspired by Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.

A post by New Zealand's public broadcasting station showed flowers left outside a mosque in Auckland. The police said there were also multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles as part of the attack. He is "sickened" that the shooter said to "subscribe to PewDiePie" in a video before the shooting.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier confirmed that one of the four people taken into custody is Australian.

Goodale said he would be later speaking to his New Zealand counterpart, Minister of Justice Andrew Little, to offer Canada's support and solidarity.

"It is therefore essential that our elected leaders speak out clearly and unequivocally against such attacks and name them for the Islamophobic terrorist attacks that they are". The attacker has not been named, but Australia's prime minister said he was an Australian citizen and described him as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

The prime minister noted that it appeared the attacks appeared to have been well planned.

London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the city's Metropolitan Police force would be visible outside mosques.

A still image taken from video circulated on social media apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand Mar 15 2019. Social Media Website  Handout via REUTERS TV

Chicago police released a statement saying "there are no known threats to the city of Chicago" but adding that "special attention will be given to Chicago mosques as a precaution".

"Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings".

We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are en enclave for extremism.

Bulgaria's chief prosecutor said his country launched a probe on Friday into a November 2018 visit by the suspect.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who is New Zealand's head of state, said she was "deeply saddened by the appalling events".

Christchurch is home to almost 400,000 people and is sometimes called the Garden City.

"Attacking people during prayers is absolutely appalling, and Canada strongly condemns today's shootings in New Zealand", he wrote on Twitter.

"The right wing in this country needs to be held accountable for it... because the truth of the matter is that if this was somebody Muslim that engaged in this kind of tragedy, we would've had all kinds of finger pointing, and things written by some of the worst people on the planet that we were supposed to take into consideration", Jenkins told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Friday.

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A Black Caps spokesman told the Herald nine of the team members live in Christchurch and are now at home with their families. Several minutes after they were barred from getting off the bus, the players escaped and ran through Hagley Park.

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