New Zealand mosques attack updates: 40 killed, 20 badly hurt, says PM Jacinda A…

Over 40 people were killed after a gunman opened fire on Friday prayers at a mosque in New Zealand forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that the gunman is a citizen of his country. He also called the shooter an “extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist”.

Here are the live updates:

01:15 pm IST

‘I am deeply saddened by this uncivilized act’, says Malaysian leader

In Muslim-majority Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the biggest party in its ruling coalition, said: “I am deeply saddened by this uncivilized act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians.”

01:10 pm IST

‘Indonesia condemns this shooting act’, says Foreign Minister

“Indonesia strongly condemns this shooting act, especially at a place of worship while a Friday prayer was ongoing,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a statement. She was earlier cited by media as saying six Indonesians had been inside one mosque when the attack occurred, with three managing to escape and three unaccounted for, according to Reuters.

01:00 pm IST

Facebook, YouTube blindsided by mosque shooter’s live video

Social media platforms including Facebook Inc. are facing harsher scrutiny after a shooter accused of killing 40 people in two mosques in New Zealand appeared to livestream the murders over the internet. While platforms including Twitter and YouTube said they moved fast to remove the content, users reported it was still widely available hours after being first uploaded to the alleged shooter’s Facebook account, as per Bloomberg.

12:50 pm IST

Turkey’s Erdogan ‘strongly condemns’ New Zealand mosque killings

“I strongly condemn the terror attack against the Al Noor Mosque in #NewZealand and Muslim worshippers. May Allah have mercy on the victims and grant a speedy recovery to the wounded,” the Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wrote on Twitter in English; according to news agency AFP.

12:45 pm IST

New Zealand shooter went to car to change guns, returned to kill more: Report

After parking his vehicle he took two guns and walked a short distance to the entrance of the mosque.He then opened fire. Over the course of five minutes, he repeatedly shoots worshippers, leaving well over a dozen bodies in one room alone. He returned to the car during that period to change guns, and went back to the mosque to shoot anyone showing signs of life, says Reuters.

12:33 pm IST

40 dead in New Zealand mosque shootings

Forty people were killed and 20 more were seriously injured in armed assaults on two Christchurch mosques Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. Witnesses spoke of victims being shot at close range, with women and children also believed to be among those killed. A Palestinian man who was in one of the mosques said he saw someone being shot in the head, according to news agency AFP.

12:25 pm IST

The gunman at one mosque was an Australian-born citizen

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the shooting in Christchurch was carried out by “an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist” who was an Australian-born citizen, according to news agency AFP.

12:17 pm IST

It’s clear this is a terrorist attack: New Zealand PM

“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned.” “Two explosive devices attached to suspect vehicles have now been found and they have been disarmed,” she added, according to news agency AFP.

12:10 pm IST

Bangladesh cricketers escape shooting attack in NZ mosque, tour called off

The Bangladesh team, which was about to enter the mosque to offer prayers, escaped unscathed but the prevailing situation led to the authorities calling off the third and final Test match starting Saturday, according to news agency PTI.

Updated: March 15, 2019 — 1:37 pm