Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Calderdale in shock after people killed in New Zealand mosque shootings

Calderdale in shock after people killed in New Zealand mosque shootings

Prime Minister Ardern previously described the attack as "one of New Zealand's darkest days", adding: "What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said there could be more suspects involved in this attack.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack, " Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees.

Earlier, a gunman opened fire on Friday prayers at a mosque in New Zealand killing many worshippers and forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt. The police said there were also multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles as part of the attack.

President Donald Trump told Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern by phone that the United States stood in solidarity with New Zealand.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Ardern said, addressing the nation.

Three people are in custody, one charged with murder, following the mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead and dozens more injured.

Halifax MP Holly Lynch also took to Twitter and said: "Horrific news from New Zealand this morning".

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Police said they have mobilized every national police resource to respond to the incident.

Nearly 50 people were treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds, including young children.

"I think it is a small group of people that have very, very serious problems", he said.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook New Zealand, Mia Garlick, said videos that appeared to show the Christchurch shootings were quickly taken down.

The commissioner also said that one of the four detained people had already been charged with murder, and another one was not implicated in the crime at all.

Ordinary people expressed their horror online about a widely disseminated video of a man apparently indiscriminately shooting people inside a mosque with an assault rifle.

"The content of the video is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see", the spokesman said.

Attacks on places of worship in the last few years have fueled fears of the rise of this form of terrorism.

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The suspects - three men and a woman - had not been on any police watch-lists.

"We have asked all mosques nationally to shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice", the police tweeted.

The All Blacks, New Zealand's rugby team and reigning world champions, led tributes to the 49 people killed in the country's worst ever mass shooting on Friday.

In full, Her Majesty said: "I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today".

"For those who are watching at home tonight and questioning this, we were chosen coz we are not racist, extremist".

"Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings".

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