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Update: Facebook Responds After Australian Terrorist Kills 49 Worshipers While On Facebook Live

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Update: Facebook Responds After Australian Terrorist Kills 49 Worshipers While On Facebook Live

Update: Facebook Responds After Australian Terrorist Kills 49 Worshipers While On Facebook Live

A man who is said to be a white supremacist and now labeled a terrorist, entered the Al Noor Mosque In New Zealand on Friday and opened fire on 100 worshipers, leaving 49 people dead and dozens injured.

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The man behind the attack has been identified as Brenton Tarrant from Grafton. It was said that he entered the mosque using a semi-automatic shotgun. What’s even more heartbreaking is that the man dressed in army fatigues firing mercilessly at people captured it all in a 17 minute video that he filmed while on Facebook Live.

According to reports, at about the same time, there was a second shooting at Masjid mosque in Linwood, where seven more were killed. Three men and one woman were arrested, with police charging “one man in his late 20s” with murder. He is expected to face court on Saturday. Facebook has released a statement on the attack letting users know it took down the killer’s account as soon as possible.

“Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the community affected by this horrendous act. New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced, and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video.”

President Donald Trump also condemned the attack on Twitter saying,

“My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!

Happening now, many worshippers including children have been taking to local hospital to seek treatment for their wounds. We will continue to keep you updated when more details have been shared.

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