NZ police: Death toll rises to 49

NZ police: Death toll rises to 49

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New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said the death toll in the two mosque attacks has increased to 49.

The vast majority, 41 people, were killed in the attack on the Deans Avenue mosque shooting, Bush said.

According to the police, one man has already been charged with murder in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

New Zealand commissioner Mike Bush said the attack was “very well-planned,” adding mosques across the country would remain under police protection for the moment.

Asked why the attackers weren’t on New Zealand watchlists, Bush said the four people in custody weren’t on any Australian security watch lists either.

At least one of the attackers has already been confirmed as an Australian citizen.

Bush wanted to commend the work of police officers who went “above and beyond” to apprehend the offenders and protect the community during the attack.

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