"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack".
The prime minister noted that it appeared the attacks appeared to have been well planned. She said two explosive devices were found attached to the suspects' vehicles and were later disarmed. "In fact they were now based in Dunedin".
'As soon as new Zealanders hear that someone was able to legally acquire, as I'm advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun-laws and that is why we will respond swiftly'.
The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said it was not aware of any threats locally but urged mosques and Muslim centers "to take increased security precautions". At the time this article was published, more than 7,000 people from around the world contributed.
Before Ms Ardern's announcement, former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark told the ABC that while the country had gun control, there was room for improvement.
Police warned Muslims across the country not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand" in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.
Before Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history took place in 1990 in the small town of Aramoana, where a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbour.
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US President Donald Trump condemned the "horrible massacre" in which "innocent people have so senselessly died", but denied that the problem of right-wing extremism was widespread.
I have spoken this evening to the mayor of Christchurch and I intend to speak this evening to the Imam.
"I also want to acknowledge ambulance staff who many will have seen acting swiftly under horrific conditions, and all medical staff who continue to work with those who are injury".
Our thoughts and our prayers are with those who have been impacted today.
Christchurch is home to almost 400,000 people and is sometimes called the Garden City.
But once passed, the licence holder can buy as many weapons as they please.
"Personally, I would be surprised if the New Zealand Parliament didn't accept that challenge head-on to strengthen the law".
"The City of Pittsburgh will protect all houses of worship and the right to freely and safely practice your religion without fear", Public Safety said in a release. "This is not who we are". "What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence". We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things. "Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it and those values, I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack".