The identities of the victims - further nationalities could be among the casualties, with Afghan and Malaysian government confirming nationals injured in the attack.
She was earlier cited by media as saying six Indonesians had been inside one mosque when the attack occurred, with three managing to escape and three unaccounted for. One man in his late 20s has been charged with murders.
Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald that he heard about five gunshots and that a prayer-goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun. "They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home".
Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu said: "Today we will be stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faith, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves".
"I think that we've welcomed a high number of refugees into New Zealand over the last few years in particular".
Meanwhile, leaders across the globe responded with outrage after Australian senator Fraser Anning apparently said in a statement shared online that the real cause of the attack was Muslim immigration. Police warned Muslims against going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand.
He said Australian authorities were investigating any links between the country and the attack, but declined to provide further details about the alleged shooter. But a man (pictured above) who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for his actions. He said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist.
Bangladeshi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said it was "extremely lucky" the country's cricket team, in Christchurch for a match against New Zealand, did not suffer casualties.
None of the suspects were on any watch-lists.
Map locates two mosques in Christchurch and Linwood New Zealand where mass shootings occurred
One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white, blond and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest.
He went on: "We pray, too, for the shooter and their supporters, because for any person to do this, they must have such hatred in their hearts, such misalignment of the value of human life, that they, too, need our prayer". The gunman then walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground. After walking back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his auto, where the song "Fire" by English rock band "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" can be heard blasting from the speakers.
Armed police following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.
Kate said: "It's utterly cowardly, but it points to a horrific bravado that they would do that and I think it is just disgusting. Our heartfelt Duas go out to all of the victims, their families and the Muslim communities that have been tragically affected by the gunmen who killed our brothers and sisters half way across the world", the center stated in a post on Facebook. In 2010 and 2011, Christchurch experienced severe earthquakes.
"They haven't really recovered from that".
"Murder of people at prayer, in their most holy and sacred place, is a depraved and despicable act".
"This attack now is sort of another blow to an already weakened heart across the city".
Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill Tweeted on Friday morning: "Our condolences to the people of Christchurch New Zealand".
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