‘Blood was splashing on me’: Witnesses describe horrific New Zealand mosque attack

‘Blood was splashing on me’: Witnesses describe horrific New Zealand mosque attack

‘Blood was splashing on me’: Witnesses describe horrific New Zealand mosque attack

An evil far right-wing terrorist killed 49 people and left dozens injured in New Zealand on Friday after opening fire with an assault rifle at a mosque.

The All Blacks, New Zealand's rugby team and reigning world champions, led tributes to the 49 people killed in the country's worst ever mass shooting on Friday.

The Bishop of Ripon, Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, who was formerly Bishop of Waikato in the Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia, said on Friday morning: "In some ways, there is a disbelief - there are no words, really".

Hollywood star and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, 71 also tweeted some heartfelt words with his 4.26million followers: "My heart goes out to the victims, their families, and the people of New Zealand". Dunedin is a city near the southern tip of New Zealand, around 225 miles from Christchurch.

Shortly after reports, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that a man detained as one of the suspects in the deadly mass shootings was indeed an Australian citizen.

More than 20 were seriously wounded in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called a "terrorist attack".

"This is a location of interest in relation to the serious firearms incident in Christchurch today", the police wrote on Twitter. "And amongst that diversity we share common values", she said.

The 1 NEWS broadcaster reported, citing an Australian police source, that the shooter was Brenton Tarrant from the city of Grafton in Australia's eastern New South Wales state.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians are appalled by the attack and said they remember all too well the sorrow after a Canadian man shot dead six Muslim men in a Quebec mosque in 2017.

"An attack against peaceful people gathering for prayer is shocking in its cruelty and cynicism", Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "It's very grave, it's very serious", he told reporters.

‘Blood was splashing on me’: Witnesses describe horrific New Zealand mosque attack

He adds: "I am just a regular white man, from a regular family".

London's police service said it was "stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faith, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves".

"There were a number of IEDs attached to the vehicles that we also stopped".

On Saturday Tarrant appeared in court in Christchurch charged with one count of murder but police said further charges were expected to follow.

"They are safe. But they are mentally shocked".

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".

Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, seven at a mosque in the Linwood neighbourhood and one died in hospital, police said. Three others were apprehended.

Traini's lawyer Gianluca Giulianelli said on the radio that his client had repented and "firmly dissociates himself" from the New Zealand killer. Forty-eight people, including children, are receiving treatment in Christchurch Hospital after being injured in the attack, according to New Zealand health authorities. Injuries range from critical to minor.

The Archbishop of Canterbury posted on Twitter: "Profound sympathy for the victims and relatives of the New Zealand terrorism".

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