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One Christchurch shooting suspect is Australian: Australian PM

  • News Desk

    Reuters

Sydney, Australia   /   Fri, March 15, 2019   /   01:21 pm
One Christchurch shooting suspect is Australian: Australian PM An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019. (REUTERS/SNPA/Martin Hunter )

One of four people detained in New Zealand after mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch is Australian, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday.

"I can confirm that the individual who was taken into custody I have been advised is an Australian-born citizen," he told reporters in Sydney.

"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."

New Zealand media have reported that between nine and 27 people were killed in the shootings.