49 dead in terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques

A gunman carrying military-style weapons opened fire on two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, killing 49 people, authorities said, the deadliest mass shooting incident in the nation’s history.

“This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” she said.

A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-migrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his motives. He said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist.

The man posted video of part of the attack on social media. One portion of the video shows the man driving to a mosque and pulling military-style weapons — covered with writings in white — from the trunk of his car before walking up to the mosque’s entrance.