New Zealand mosque shootings: What's happening in Christchurch?

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The Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand - location of one of the shootings

Tributes are being paid after shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand.

The country's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, described the incidents on Friday as a terrorist attack, and one of New Zealand's "darkest days".

Fifty people have died and another 50 were hurt.

A man has appeared in court charged with murder.

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This type of attack is extremely rare in New Zealand. Gun violence there is much lower than many other countries, including the United States and Australia.

The shootings, which came around the time people were attending the mosques for Friday prayers, were the deadliest in the nation's history.

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A vigil at Takapuna beach in Auckland, New Zealand

Tributes have been paid across New Zealand and the world to the victims of the shooting.

New Zealanders paid respects with a heart made of candles on Takapuna beach in Auckland at a gathering to remember those lost in the terror attack.

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Chalk messages in Christchurch
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Here you can see the message 'Kia Kaha' which means stay strong in Maori, the native language of New Zealand

Many people have shown their love and support for those affected by leaving messages on the pavement outside the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch, where the attack happened.

Flowers have been left outside the two mosques involved in the attack in respect of those who were caught in the attack.

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This picture released by Radio New Zealand shows a police officer cordoning a street near the mosque after a firing incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019AFP / Getty Images

The shootings took place at two locations in Christchurch - the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood mosque.

Police earlier cleared the city's Cathedral Square, where thousands of children had been holding a rally for action on climate change.

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It's believed only one gunman was involved in the attack.

Many people around the world have been sending their messages of support to those affected in New Zealand.

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New Zealander Taika Waititi - who directed the film Thor: Ragnarok - posted this message on Twitter
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British Prime Minister Theresa May has sent her condolences to people in New Zealand

A statement from the Queen said: "I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.

"I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured.

"At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders."