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49 Dead In Christchurch Terror Attack, New Zealand PM Condemns Violence



Forty-nine people have been killed and four people arrested, including one Australian, after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.


New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed 41 people lost their lives at the Al Noor mosque and seven died at the Linwood site. Of 40 people who have been treated at Christchurch hospital, one has now died, he said.

“Our hearts go out to them and all of their families, all of their friends, all of their loved ones, and I want to assure everyone that we will do our best for them,” he said at the latest briefing.

Mr Bush said one person, “a male in his late 20s”, has been charged with murder and will appear in the Christchurch Court on Saturday.

Speaking from Wellington on Friday evening, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said “it is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack”, before travelling to Christchurch on Saturday.

“These are people who I would describe as having extremist views, that have absolutely no place in New Zealand, and in fact have no place in the world.”

She told New Zealanders they were not chosen for this act of violence because they condone racism but because they represent diversity, kindness, compassion and a refuge for those who need it.

“And those values I can assure you will not and cannot be shaken by this attack,” she said.

“You may have chosen us, but we utterly reject and condemn you,” she said of the extremist attackers, none of whom were on a security watchlist.

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