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49 killed, 20 injured in New Zealand mosque shootings

March 15, 2019 11:10 A.M. (Updated: March 17, 2019 11:27 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A total of 49 people have been killed and at least 20 others critically injured in two mosque shootings in Christchurch City, in New Zealand, during Friday prayers.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during a news conference that the mosque shootings appear to have been a well-planned "terrorist attack."

Arden stressed, "This is, and will be, one of New Zealand's darkest days.”

Arden also mentioned that two explosive devices attached to suspect vehicles were found and have been disarmed.

The two mosques targeted were the Masjid al-Noor in central Christchurch and a second mosque in suburban Linwood.

Eyewitnesses said that a gunman, who was dressed in black with a helmet and carrying a machine gun, came into the back of the mosque and opened fire at people performing prayers."

Parts of the shootings were streamed on Facebook live, which raised questions about the ability of tech companies to block violent content.

The police confirmed that the attacker is an 28-year-old-Australian-born man.

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