Christchurch terror attack: 5 things you need to know

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People hold up signs with the words 'This will not divide us' as they attend a vigil at the East London Mosque for the victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks on March 15, 2019 in London, England. Patrols have been increased after 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. ( |

Gunmen struck two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, leaving 49 dead and 48 with serious injuries in attacks that were likely motivated by anti-immigrant animus.

The acts of violence were committed as worshipers gathered for prayers around lunchtime at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Central Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arder described the mass shootings as a terrorist attack and one of the Pacific nation's "darkest days." 

Here's a list of five important things you need to know about Friday’s attacks.

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