One Charged With Murder in Wake of Christchurch Shootings

An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch New Zealand

An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch New Zealand

"New Zealand was attacked because we represent diversity".

Ms Sturgeon tweeted: "This is beyond very bad". It is horrific and they are especially in our thoughts.

"It will take time to heal and tonight our thoughts and our prayers need to be with those affected".

She added: "Today, at mosques across Scotland and elsewhere, Muslims will attend Friday prayers". Where they were parts of communities that they loved and who loved them in return. "But we are so aware of the cultural and religious needs".

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees.

The European Commission said: "This senseless act of brutality on innocent people in their place of worship could not be more opposite to the values and the culture of peace and unity that the European Union shares with New Zealand".

"Your friends in the United Kingdom stand with you today in deepest sympathy".

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that at least one of the individuals taken into custody is an Australian born citizen.

- She said the shootings appeared to have been a well-planned "terrorist attack".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the head of state of New Zealand, said in a statement: "I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today".

"Christchurch, we stand with you during the time", the All Blacks tweeted.

A total of 48 patients, including young children with gunshot wounds, have been admitted to Christchurch hospital for treatment.

Police departments in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco said extra precautions will be taken at mosques beginning Friday, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan offered condolences and reassurances to the city's Muslim community.

Norwegian Prime Mininster Erna Solberg said the attack brought back memories of 2011 in her country when anti-Muslim extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 people: "It shows that extremism is nurtured and that it lives in many places".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen at a rally of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Gaziantep, Turkey, on March 15, 2019.

He said that key points in his radicalisation were the defeat of the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in 2017 elections, and the death of 11-year-old Ebba Åkerlund in the 2017 Stockholm truck attack.

Afghanistan's ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Wahidullah Waissi, said on Twitter three Afghans had been wounded.

"He mentions "mass immigration" and "an assault on our civilisation" and makes repeated references to his "white identity".

Here is a summary of the main global reactions so far.

The gunman's manifesto was a welter of often politically contradictory views, touching on numerous most combustible issues of the day, among them the Second Amendment right to own guns, Muslim immigration, terrorist attacks and the wealthiest 1%. Others described to local television how they heard fellow worshippers crying out for help and saw bullet shells strewn across the floor.

"An anti-Muslim virus is spreading across the world", he told Reuters.

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