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At least 49 people were killed and dozens others were left wounded in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand's eastern city of Christchurch, situated in the Canterbury District, on Friday afternoon, marking one of the "darkest" days in the country's history.

Harun Khan, head of the Muslim Council of Britain said British Muslims preparing for Friday prayers "do so with the anxiety as to whether our mosques and communities are safe in the face of unabated Islamophobia and hostility against Muslims".

People have been recommended by the police to stay inside.

Halifax MP Holly Lynch also took to Twitter and said: "Horrific news from New Zealand this morning".

The match planned for Saturday was announced canceled after the shooting took place.

In Australia, police in New South Wales said there were increasing patrols around mosques as a precaution. He then witnessed people running from the mosque completely terrorized.

"At this stage, we will not be discussing the offenders' possible motivations or the causes of this incident".

Calderdale leaders have offered their condolences and support in the wake of a shootings at mosques in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said some of the victims may have been new immigrants and refugees.

"The US stands by New Zealand for anything we can do".

"But, as I say, New Zealand has been chosen because we are not a place where violent extremism exists".

"We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate", said his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

Luke Western, a Christian and content director of Rhema Media in New Zealand, told Premier he was surprised and saddened by the attack.

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He claimed to represent Europeans and whites in a battle against immigrants, people he repeatedly described as "invaders". Indonesia's President Joko Widodo condemned the attacks, in which an Indonesian father and son were among those wounded.

A video, that was apparently live-streamed by the shooter, shows the attack in horrifying detail.

Distinctive writing on the gunman's weapons seen in the footage also matched images posted on the Twitter account using the same name that posted the manifesto. "This is a very real tragedy with real victims and we strongly encourage people to not share or view the video". "We are working to have any footage removed", the police tweeted.

"I can confirm that the individual who was taken into custody... is an Australian-born citizen", Morrison said at a press conference, aired at Periscope.

New Zealand authorities said that three people had been arrested, but their identities were not made public.

Dr Hartley said that New Zealand "gives room for diversity, and prides itself on that: it prides itself on being a place where people can be welcomed. But we can not assume there are no others at large", Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters.

He added: "I am just a regular White man, from a regular family". All Christchurch schools have been shut.

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

Her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, said: "When people are murdered exclusively due to their religion, this is an attack on us all".

A man in his late twenties has been charged with murder and is due to appear in court tomorrow.

Three Bangladeshis were among the dead and one was missing, the consulate said. "Two are still under investigation", Bush said at a briefing aired by the New Zealand Herald.

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the shooting as a terrorist attack and called it "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

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