BREAKING: At least 40 killed in mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand, prime minister says

MASS SHOOTING: Deadly attack on New Zealand mosque. Inset: 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant live-streams to social media. Photo credits: Twitter

THE gunman who live-streamed himself for 17 minutes while opening fire on a Christchurch mosque posted a 73-page ‘manifesto’ online before committing the deadly attack.

In the days leading up to the attack the gunman, named by media as 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, posted photos of guns, ammunition and a military-style vest to his now-suspended Twitter account.

The shooting happened at around 1.40 pm local time on Friday when a gunman entered a mosque in Christchurch and opened fire as around 300 people were inside the building praying.

Witnesses said the shooting at the Al Noor mosque lasted for 20 minutes, with witnesses describing the gunman going from room to room.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “I can confirm that the individual who was taken into custody I have been advised is an Australian-born citizen.”

“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,” Morrison added.

Three men and one woman are in custody and police say more attackers may be at large. A number of improvised explosive devices in vehicles were made safe after the shooting.

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