Australia detains three gunmen after ‘terrorist’ attack on two mosques, PM Morrison says

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that the gunman who launched an attack on Friday in two New Zealand mosques was a right-wing “terrorist” with citizenship of Australia.

According to Dawn news reports, during a media conference, Morrison told reporters: “We stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist.”

Morrison has confirmed media reports that the suspect, gunman, who identifies himself as Brenton Tarrant and launched an attack in two mosques in the southern city of Christchurch of New Zealand.

He said his country’s authorities were probing any links between the attack and the country but refused to offer further details about the attack’s legal shooter.

Australian media reported that the gunman came from a town in New South Wales, where Sydney is the capital of the country and the security later said they were implementing a hike in patrols around mosques in light of the attacks.

The state police described the move as a precaution as “there is no ongoing or specific threat to any mosque or place of worship” in the state.

“We are not just allies, we are not just partners, we are family,” he said.

After the attack, the New Zealand police had detained three men, but have not offered their identities.

“It is such a sad and devastating reminder of the evil that can be ever present about us,” Morrison said of the attacks.


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