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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls mosque shootings ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the mass shootings in Christchurch this morning represents ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’.

Speaking to media after police had confirmed that one man was in custody following mass shootings at two mosques in the South Island city, Ardern said those responsible ‘have no place in New Zealand’.

“Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” she said.

“Whilst I cannot give any confirmation at this stage around fatalities and casualties, what I can say is that it is clear that this is one of New Zealand’s darkest days.

“Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here.

“They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not. They have no place in New Zealand.”

Former Prime Minister Helen Clarke also condemned those behind the atrocity.

Taking to Twitter, she wrote: “Very shocked to hear of shooting & many deaths & injuries at Christchurch NZ mosque where people were at Friday prayers.

“My heart goes out to all bereaved families & the Muslim community. This is a heinous hate crime. RIP.”

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also paid tributes to the victims on social media.

Earlier this morning police confirmed that one man had been arrested and was in custody but they were unsure if there were any other people involved.

There have been multiple reports the man in custody is Australian born.

A disturbing live stream of what is believed to be the Christchurch mosque shooting emerged online and it is believed to have originated from the Facebook page of an Australian-born man.

New Zealand’s top cop Mike Bush urged people across the wider Canterbury region to stay indoors and warned people across the country not to go to mosques.

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