'Hello brother': Muslim victim greeted gunman in New Zealand mosque

'Hello brother': Muslim victim greeted gunman in New Zealand mosque

An unidentified man wrestled a gun from the hands of the man involved in the terror attack in New Zealand and prevented further deaths, according to witnesses.

I condemn the violent, extremist, right-wing terrorist attack that has stolen the lives of so many innocent New Zealanders as they went about their peaceful practice of worship at their mosques in Christchurch today. "I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person".

In a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook New Zealand, Mia Garlick, said video was quickly taken down. Police have urged users not to share the distressing footage and they are working to have any videos removed.

One person has been charged with murder, but police have not confirmed the name of the suspect.

It's too early to say if any Australian citizens fell victim to the shooters, however the Australian women's under 19 cricket team was in Christchurch.

"Many of those who would have been affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand", Ardern said.

"My condolences to all the people and communities of Christchurch and New Zealand", Ms Kaljulaid wrote on social media on Friday. The 74-page manifesto claimed that the European population was being displaced in their homelands by immigrant groups with higher birth rates.

The city is in lockdown, and the incident has already been described by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

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Tarrant peppers his manifesto with contemporary recollections of terrorist attacks throughout Europe perpetrated by Islamic terrorists, as well as so-called historical aggression by Muslims.

The police said there were also multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles as part of the attack.

Facebook said it would also be removing any praise or support for the crime, the shooters "as soon as we're aware".

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said anyone thinking of going to a mosque should stay put and close their doors. "There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was".

No details were immediately available.

Another man said he saw children being shot.

Ardern added: "The advice from police continues to be that people remain indoors".

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