The news is out: [WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A gunman opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, killing 49 people in an afternoon slaughter that in part was broadcast live online after the publication of a white supremacist manifesto.
Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, said that in addition to those killed, 20 were seriously injured, shaking a country with little history of mass shooting in what she called “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”
Some of the shootings were streamed on Facebook, a grim development in terrorism that raised questions about the ability of tech companies to block violent content.
The police said three men and one woman were in custody. One of those in custody is Australian, said the country’s prime minister, Scott Morrison.
New Zealand’s police commissioner, Mike Bush, said that a number of explosive devices were found in vehicles stopped by the police. The police warned residents of central Christchurch to stay indoors and asked mosques to close.
“This is and will be one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” Ms. Ardern said at a news conference.
“It is clear that this can only be described as a terrorist attack,” she added.]
Just another day.