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New Zealand Mosque Shootings Leave 40 Dead; 4 in Custody

New Zealand Mosque Shootings Leave 40 Dead; 4 in Custody – Associated Press

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said 40 people were killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques full of people attending Friday prayers.


Arden described it as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days” and said the events in the city of Christchurch represented “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”


Four people were detained in New Zealand after the shootings. One of them has been identified at Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, according to Television New Zealand (TVNZ).

“I can confirm that the individual who was taken into custody I have been advised is an Australian-born citizen,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney.


“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.”


New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush earlier told reporters in Wellington that three men and one woman were in custody…

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