Multiple fatalities in shootings at New Zealand mosques
A terror attack on two New Zealand mosques has left 49 people dead.
In addition, the shootings at the two mosques in Christchurch have left 48 people injured.
Police have arrested four people in connection to the attack.
According to Police Commissioner Mike Bush, a number of improvised explosive devices found in the city have been made safe
The country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describes it as one of the country's "darkest days."
What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their home – they are us.
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) 15 March 2019
Any Irish person impacted by the attacks is urged to contact the Irish Embassy in Wellington.
In addition, the Embassy said it is in touch with the New Zealand authorities & is monitoring the situation.
— IrelandinNZ (@IrelandinNZ) 15 March 2019
President Higgins expresses his sympathies
President Michael D Higgins has offered his sympathy to all people affected by the attack.
In a statement, President Higgins said:
"The attacks on mosques in New Zealand will have appalled people all over the world.
"As President of Ireland may I offer the sympathy of the people of Ireland to the families of the victims, and express the solidarity of the people of Ireland with the people of New Zealand at this time.
"I have conveyed deepest sympathies on behalf of the Irish people to Prime Minister Ardern and to Governor-General Reddy.”