New Zealand mosque attack: What we know about the gunman

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"I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence", she said.

Social media companies struggled to block the spread of graphic footage that seemingly showed a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques after one of the shooters reportedly livestreamed the attack, CNN reported.

"We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", Morrison told a press conference.

They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home.

The gunman was later identified as Brenton Tarrant, an Australian national, who had arrived in the country only to plan and train for the attack. "Allah help us", another said.

Four individuals that consist of three men and one woman have been taken into custody in connection to the Christchurch mosque shooting, according to New Zealand Police.

Video and documents circulating online - but not officially confirmed - suggested the shooter had streamed his attack on Facebook Live.

Forty-nine people were killed and at least 20 wounded in the tragedy, which took place in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Commissioner Mike Bush said there were "significant" and "multiple" fatalities.

Bush clarified that police had found two improvised explosive devices in one auto.

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He also noted that the investigation is still in progress and the government of New Zealand will issue more precise details on the victims on Saturday morning, pointing out that the time difference between Palestine and New Zealand is 11 hours.

After the harrowing experience, Ardern described the incident as one of the "darkest days" in New Zealand's history.

It is unclear how the person came by such information.

One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white, blond and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest.

"My condolences to all the people and communities of Christchurch and New Zealand", Ms Kaljulaid wrote on social media on Friday.

"Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them".

"They may even be refugees here". "We represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it".

Residents of central Christchurch are being cautioned to remain on alert as police continue to investigate the attack.

Peneha says he went into the mosque to try and help: "I saw dead people everywhere".