Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the four people in the custody of New Zealand police related to the Christchurch shootings is an Australian-born citizen.
Morrison said that Australian authorities are now involved in the investigations.
“I particularly want to express my sincere prayers and thoughts to those New Zealanders and Australians of Islamic faith today who have been the victims of this callous right-wing extremist attack,” Morrison said at a press conference on Friday afternoon local time.
“As family members with our New Zealand cousins today, we grieve, we are shocked, we are appalled, we are outraged, and we stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist right-wing violent terrorist.”
Authorities have not revealed the names and identities of who they have in custody, but police confirmed there are three men and one woman being held.
A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings on social media left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto where he explains who he is and why he wanted to kill the people in the mosque. He described the incident as a terrorist attack.
Police have confirmed “significant” fatalities, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday that 40 were killed. She called the shooting a “terrorist attack.”
“It is clear that this is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” Ardern said during a press conference on Friday afternoon. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.
“Many of those impacted by the shootings may be migrants, and they have chosen to make New Zealand their home. They are us. The person who perpetuated this violence is not,” she said.
“There is absolutely no place in New Zealand for such extreme acts of unprecedented violence.”
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