The tragedy was all posted to social media after the suspected shooter live-streamed the attack at the Cathedral Square Mosque, where more than 300 people were said to be inside for Friday prayers in the city of Christchurch.
Nearly 49 people were killed when at least one shooter opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.
"As family members with our New Zealand cousins today, we grieve, we are shocked, we are appalled, we are outraged, and we stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", Scott Morrison added.
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: "Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand". Police found multiple explosive devices in vehicles stopped as the shootings unfolded; the devices have since been defused.
Survivor Syed Mazharuddin told the New Zealand Herald that he was praying with about 60 to 70 people at the Linwood mosque when he heard gunshots.
Two mosques in Christchurch were attacked Friday around the time of afternoon prayers.
After the harrowing experience, Ardern described the incident as one of the "darkest days" in New Zealand's history. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", Peneha said.
If it happened in Christchurch it could happen anywhere in New Zealand. A witness to a second shooting told New Zealand media he saw two wounded people being transported by rescuers afterward.
"They may even be refugees here".
"We should not be perpetuating, sharing, giving any oxygen to this act of violence and the message that is sitting behind it", Ardern said.