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Trump condemns 'horrible' New Zealand mosque attacks

Trump condemns 'horrible' New Zealand mosque attacks

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

New Zealand police were hunting "an active shooter" in the centre of Christchurch city on Friday after a gunman opened fire at a mosque inflicting several casualties.

A number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after the shootings were defused by police.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said three people, including Tarrant, had been arrested in the wake of the attack.

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinta Arden called the attack "one of New Zealand's darkest days". The gunman spends more than two minutes inside the Al-Noor mosque firing indiscriminately at men, women and children from close range.

Bedfordshire Police's Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: "Thoughts with everyone in New Zealand. As you can imagine, this is requiring every police and emergency resource we have available".

Of the 40 people taken to Christchurch Hospital, one has since died from their injuries. "I am unable to sleep well", said Muhammad, board member at the Muslim Community Center on Indy's south side. Sources confirmed to CBS News that video livestreamed on social media by the shooter shows the attack in horrifying detail.

Among them were six Indonesians - three of whom were reported safe, the country´s foreign minister Retno Marsudi said, adding they were searching for the others.

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"I call on our government to redouble its efforts to ensure mosques are protected, and call on fellow Muslims to resist the temptation to roll up the banners in fear, as this attack was created to do".

Seven people were killed during this attack.

In the manifesto, Tarrant describes himself as "just an ordinary white man, 28 years old". In his manifesto, he explains that he selected New Zealand because of its geographic location; he wanted to prove to the world that even the most remote areas were not free of "mass immigration".

New Zealand authorities confirmed "multiple" deaths but they did not say how many or identify any victims.

"Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with everyone affected by the horrendous terrorist attack against Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand today. In the wake of this disgusting act of bigoted violence, which appears to be rooted in Islamophobia, New York stands with the Muslim community as we always have and always will", the statement read in part.

"It is beyond all belief that so many should have been killed and injured at their place of worship and our most special and heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives".

"Solidarity with the people of New Zealand grieving over the heinous terrorist attack in Christchurch".

The attack took place on Friday afternoon in New Zealand's capital. It's also requesting extra police patrols at their mosque in Old Irving Park, their education center in Morton Grove, and their campus in Skokie.