Jacinda Ardern: 'This Will Be One Of New Zealand's Darkest Days'
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has spoken about the horrific attack on a Christchurch mosque.
"The people who were the subject of this attack today, New Zealand is their home. They should be safe here.
"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," she said.
The gunman live-streamed the shooting. The graphic footage, which has been verified by Network 10, shows the gunman drive to the mosque with a significant number of guns. He begins shooting indiscriminately at dozens of people in the mosque.
"There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence."
She re-iterated Police's advice for everyone to remain in their homes, lock their doors and call police if they see anything suspicious.
"Please remain in lockdown," Ardern warned New Zealanders. "We are potentially still dealing with an evolving situation. And again, as I say, across multiple sites."
She will head to Wellington where agencies will be meeting to assess the situation.
Police have one person in custody, multiple fatalities from two separate mosques. Police are uncertain if any other locations are still under threat.
Anyone thinking of going to a mosque 'anywhere in New Zealand' was told not to and to close their doors until they hear from police again.
Ardern would not confirm the exact number of fatalities but said: "It will be obvious to them that this is a significant event, and I can tell you now this is and will be, one of NewZealand's darkest days".
She wouldn't be drawn on classifying the incident as a hate crime but was adamant it had no place in New Zealand.
"The people who were the subject of this attack today, New Zealand is their home. They should be safe here. The person who has perpetuated this violent act against them, they have no place in New Zealand society."