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Attacker guns down 49 in two New Zealand mosques, carnage livestreamed on social media

Mass shootings in New Zealand are exceedingly rare. The deadliest in modern history occurred in the small town of Aramoana in 1990, when gunman David Gray shot and killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor.

Several feared dead after mass shooting at mosque in New Zealand

49 people were killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in mass shootings during Friday prayers at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch on Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. (AP)

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Attacker guns down 49 in two New Zealand mosques, carnage livestreamed on social media

Hours after two mosques were targeted by unidentified gunmen in Central Christchurch of New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as a “terror attack.” (AP)

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Attacker guns down 49 in two New Zealand mosques, carnage livestreamed on social media

Map locating the two mosques which were attacked on Friday. (Reuters)

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Several feared dead after mass shooting at mosque in New Zealand

A view of the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch, New Zealand, taken in 2014. (Reuters)

Several feared dead after mass shooting at mosque in New Zealand

New Zealand police chief confirmed that four people are in custody in connection to Friday's attack and several bombs have been diffused which were attached to the cars in the area. (Reuters)

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Several feared dead after mass shooting at mosque in New Zealand

Shattered car window following the shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Reuters)

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Several feared dead after mass shooting at mosque in New Zealand

New Zealand police were hunting "an active shooter" in the centre of Christchurch city on Friday while the Bangladesh team had a narrow escape. The team was in the vicinity of the shooting but all members were safe, news agency Reuters reported. (AP)

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Several feared dead after mass shooting at mosque in New Zealand

Armed police have been deployed in the area. The police has urged anyone in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111. (AP)

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Several feared dead after mass shooting at mosque in New Zealand

In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown, New Zealand police said through a tweet. (AP)

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Several feared dead after mass shooting at mosque in New Zealand

Police escort witnesses away from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. (AP)

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the media saying the attack was an unprecedented act of violence. (AP)

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Attacker guns down 49 in two New Zealand mosques, carnage livestreamed on social media

In this photo released by New Zealand Prime Minister's Office, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, speaks to representatives of the Muslim community, Saturday at the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand's prime minister says the "primary perpetrator" in the killing of at least 49 people in two Christchurch mosques was living in Dunedin, a seaside city south of Christchurch. (New Zealand Prime Minister Office via AP)

Attacker guns down 49 in two New Zealand mosques, carnage livestreamed on social media

Police and forensic workers work outside Masjid Al Noor after Friday's mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Reuters)

Attacker guns down 49 in two New Zealand mosques, carnage livestreamed on social media

People gather at a vigil to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, at Washington Square Park in Manhattan, in New York City, New York, U.S.(Reuters)

Attacker guns down 49 in two New Zealand mosques, carnage livestreamed on social media

Children place flowers at a memorial as a tribute to victims of the mosque attacks, near a police line outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Reuters)