People stand across the road from one of the mosques attacked in central Christchurch on Friday.
Friday’s terror attack in New Zealand was one of the deadliest in the country’s history. At least 50 people were killed and another 50 wounded when a gunman, who police have identified as 28-year-old Australian citizen Brenton Harrison Tarrant, open-fired inside a pair of mosques in the city of Christchurch.
The terror attack in New Zealand Friday began at about 1:40 p.m, unleashing horrific scenes of violence that the gunman attempted to live-stream on social media.
CNN’s coverage of the initial aftermath of the shooting can be found here.
If you’re just joining us, here are some of the latest updates on Friday’s terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.
- The number of people killed in the attack rose to 50 when another body was discovered at the Al Noor mosque, where most victims were killed. The number of people wounded also increased to 50. Twelve of them are in critical condition.
- A Syrian refugee and his sons, a Pakistani academic and a blossoming student are among the victims.
- Australian Brenton Harris Tarrant, 28, appears to be the only person still in custody that has been linked to the attack. He is charged with murder.
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday that her country’s “gun laws will change” following the mass shooting. Ardern said Tarrant had purchased guns legally in 2017.