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Toronto/New Zealand, Mar 15 (Canadian-Media): The deadly shooting on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand by one gunman during Friday prayers killing forty-nine people and injuring many others is is the country’s worst-ever mass shooting and was condemned throughout Asia, media reports said.
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“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said described the incident as one of New Zealand's darkest days.
"This is not who we are," she said. "This act was not a reflection of who we are as a nation."
Briefing the media in Wellington, police chief Bush said: "At the Deans Avenue mosque, we now know that 41 people have lost their lives. And at Linwood Avenue, seven have lost their lives."
New Zealand health authorities said some 48 people, including children, are being treated in Christchurch Hospital where one person died.
More than 40 have been injured and one of them has succumbed to injuries. Consequently, the death toll in this attack stands at 49.
"For now my thoughts and I'm sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who have been affected and also with the families," Arden had told reporters.
The police have started a web portal where people can mark themselves alive or report missing people.
Reports said a gunman streamed the attack live for 17 minutes on social media. Four people have been arrested.
"A man in his twenties has been charged with murder," Bush said.
Police have urged people not to share the "distressing" footage which had reportedly livestreamed part of the attack
The accused identified himself online before the rampage as Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant.
"This individual wanted to spark a race war. That was the primary purpose of [filming] it," said Sajjan Gohel, the international security director with the Asia-Pacific Foundation.
A now-deleted Twitter account with the same name as the suspected gunman had photos of weapons and protective equipment, and a link to a racist manifesto describing motivation for the attacks.
Photos of the equipment show names of extremist and historical figures written in white lettering on some of the equipment.
One of the names was Alexandre Bissonnette, the man who killed six people in an attack on a Quebec City mosque.
World leaders react to New Zealand mass shooting as 'Latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia'
Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime minister said Canadians are appalled by the attack and they remember all too well the sorrow after Alexandre Bissonnette shot dead six Muslim men in a Quebec City mosque in 2017.
"Far too often, Muslims suffer unimaginable loss and pain in the places where they should feel safest," Trudeau said in a statement. "To move forward as a world, we need to recognize diversity as a source of strength, and not a threat."
Attacking people during prayers is absolutely appalling, and Canada strongly condemns today’s shootings in New Zealand. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we join New Zealanders and Muslim communities around the world in grieving.
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Queen Elizabeth, New Zealand's head of state, said in a message to the country she was "deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch," and sent condolences to families and friends of victims. The Queen also paid tribute to emergency services and volunteers supporting the injured.
"At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders," she said in her message.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)