• An image grab from TV New Zealand taken on March 15, 2019 shows New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressing the country on television following the mosque shooting in Christchurch.//AFP
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Urgent : 40 dead, 20 badly hurt in NZ mosque attacks: PM

Breaking News March 15, 2019 13:12

By AFP

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Christchurch, New Zealand - 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.



"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," she 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.

Meanwhile Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the gunman who killed numerous worshippers in a ew Zealand mosque on Friday was a right-wing extremist with Australian citizenship.

Morrison said the shooting in Christchurch was carried out by "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist" who was an Australian-born citizen.

He declined to provide further details, saying the investigation was being led by New Zealand authorities.

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