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Extreme right-wing terrorist attack : at Least 40 Dead in attacks on mosques in new Zealand

In the case of an armed attack on mosques in the new Zealand city of Christchurch, there has been, according to new Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda, at least

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Extreme right-wing terrorist attack : at Least 40 Dead in attacks on mosques in new Zealand

In the case of an armed attack on mosques in the new Zealand city of Christchurch, there has been, according to new Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda, at least 40 Dead Ardern. According to witnesses, a man had shot reports in a mosque in the city center, where hundreds of Muslims to the Friday prayer had gathered. Later fell in another mosque shots. The location was also hours after the first shots is still unclear.

Ardern has classified the attack on two mosques with multiple fatalities in new Zealand as an act of terrorism. "It is clear that this can only be done as a terrorist attack described," she said on Friday on TV. Previously the Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison had expressed this view. On the attack, Australians had been involved. Literally, Morrison said on Friday: "We condemn this attack, which was committed by a right-wing extremist violent terrorists, in the strongest possible terms."

police arrested four Suspects, three men and a woman

new Zealand media had initially reported at least nine dead and dozens injured. The police arrested four Suspects, three men and a woman, as chief of police Mike Bush said. On the vehicles of the attackers with explosives were found, which had been defused by the army. It remained unclear, initially, whether there are other accomplices out there that have not yet been taken.

The first shots were fired, according to eye-witness reports against 13.45 PM local time (1.45 PM CET). In the mosque, more than 300 believers were therefore. According to witnesses, the perpetrator is a white man who was wearing a helmet and a bullet-proof vest. With his automatic weapon, he should have shot back into the crowd.

police officers outside of a mosque in Christchurch.Photo: Mark Baker/AP/dpa

One of the perpetrators transferred the fact, apparently, using a camera he wore on the body, via Livestream on the Internet. According to reports, the man, focused and quiet was going on. The Video also suggests that the number of victims is likely much higher than the initially reported nine dead. The police are not called on to share the Video. Social networks began to remove it from their platforms.

new Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a short opinion from one of the "darkest days" in the history of their country. For something like this: "there is no place in new Zealand," said the socialist politician. At the same time, she spoke to the families of the victims their condolences. "New Zealand is their home. You should have been here to feel safe.“

schools and other public buildings on lockdown

The location was also after hours unclear. Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in a Video message that was posted on the social networks, from a "very serious and tragic series of events". At the same time, he appealed to all Muslims in new Zealand, to stay at home. "Under no circumstances should anyone go in the country now to a mosque."

Christchurch has 350,000 inhabitants and is located on the South island of the Pacific state. The city sealed off due to the unclear situation in all state buildings. Schools were closed, students had to also endure hours after the end of the lesson, still there. In addition to schools, the town hall, the municipal library and museums were closed. Mayor Lianne Dalziel appealed to the residents to avoid the city centre. She said: "All are shocked. I never thought that something like this can happen here.“

foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) condemned the armed attacks as a "brutal crime". "We are deeply shocked by the brutal crime in Christchurch," wrote Maas on Friday in the short message service Twitter. "In this difficult hour, we stand firmly on the side of our new Zealand friends." Maas spoke to the families and friends of the victims his condolences. (Tsp, dpa, AFP)

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