New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern issued a statement in Wellington on Friday, outlining some of the details of the mass shootings which occurred in two mosques in Christchurch earlier that day and describing them as “a terrorist attack.”
The Prime Minister explained that she had been briefed on the incident, in which gunmen opened fire in the Deans Avenue and Linwood mosques, killing 49 and leaving 48 injured.
Ardern explained that the attack does “appear to have been well-planned.” Police also discovered two explosive devices attached to the suspects’ vehicles, which they then disarmed. Three individuals have been apprehended in connection with the attack.
Ardern also issued the “the strongest possible condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this,” emphasising that New Zealand would not be shaken by the attack.
She added: “You may have chosen us but we utterly reject and condemn you.”
New Zealand’s national security threat level was raised from low to high following the attack.