Christchurch terror attack witness hid behind table as gunman shot dead worshippers

Christchurch terror attack witness hid behind table as gunman shot dead worshippers

The White House also issued a statement, saying the US strongly condemns the attack and stands in solidarity with the people of New Zealand.

Technology giants were told last night "enough is enough" after the massacre of 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand was live-streamed around the world in the first "terror attack designed for social media".

He noted that the government of New Zealand has cancelled all remaining flights to Christchurch as the city grapples with the mass shooting. "As with any major tragedy, we will work cooperatively with the authorities", Google's spokesperson said. Four people, three men and one woman, are still in custody.

"It is such a sad and devastating reminder of the evil that can be ever present about us", Morrison said of the attacks.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook New Zealand, Mia Garlick, said video was quickly taken down.

"Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online", New Zealand Police tweeted.

Meanwhile, New Zealand police said they were hunting for "an active shooter" in the centre of Christchurch city.

Police said there was a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque. "Two explosive devices attached to suspects' vehicles have been found and they have been disarmed", Prime Minister Ardern said.

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The Bangladesh cricket team is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday.

Survivor Syed Mazharuddin told the New Zealand Herald that he was praying with about 60 to 70 people at the Linwood mosque when he heard gunshots. "It is clear this is one of New Zealand's darkest days".

At 2:40pm local time in central Christchurch, reports surfaced of a shooting featuring "multiple" gunmen who opened fire at two separate mosques.

When asked if police were looking for any other persons of interest related to the case, Bush responded that "we never assume that there aren't other people involved" but that "at this point we are not looking for any other persons".

"Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them". "What has happened is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

"We believe that 40 people have lost their lives in this act of extreme violence", Ardern said.

The police commissioner warned anybody who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand to stay put.

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