49 dead, 4 in custody in attacks on New Zealand mosques

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) -- Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says 49 people have been killed in an attack at mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Ardern says the shootings appear to have been a well-planned "terrorist attack."

Four people have been detained, and one is Australian.

Ardern said more than 20 people were seriously injured during the shootings at two mosques during Friday prayers.

Thirty fatalities occurred at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. Seven of the dead were inside the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque and three died outside the same mosque.

A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings said in a manifesto that he was a 28-year-old white Australian who came to New Zealand only to plan and train for the attack.