Reported Christchurch mosque shooting sees armed police deployed and schools in lockdown

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Police added that 45 additional officers were deployed to Christchurch from other districts, with another 80 being drafted in today.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed in a press conference on March 15 that the death toll had risen to 49, with 41 worshipers gunned down at the Deans Avenue mosque in Christchurch during Friday prayers.

Police in New Zealand said there were "multiple fatalities" following shootings at two mosques in Christchurch and said they had one suspect in custody.

"This shows that extremism is still flourishing in many places", she said.

Forty-nine people were killed and 20 seriously injured in the shootings, which the Prime Minister has described as a "terrorist attack".

Three Bangladeshis were among the dead and one was missing, the consulate said.

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One man will appear at a Christchurch court on Saturday.

Relief groups like the New Zealand Red Cross are already helping the community register missing persons, connect with loved ones, or mark themselves safe.

A national report that reviewed their gun laws was released in 1997 and, at the time, they estimated that there were between 700,000 and 1,000,000 firearms owned by New Zealand civilians, according to the police.

Calling Friday one of the country's "darkest days", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shootings as a "well-planned terrorist attack". As New Zealand has stood by us so we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and with Muslims in New Zealand, here in the United Kingdom and around the world.

A 28-year old man has been charged with murder. In the manifesto, he said white people are failing to reproduce and are being replaced by the "non-European population" as a result of mass immigration - something that he called an "invasion".

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