CANBERRA: The gunman who killed numerous worshippers in a New Zealand mosque on Friday was a right-wing “terrorist” with Australian citizenship, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
“We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist,” Morrison told a press conference.
He confirmed media reports that the gunman who mowed down worshippers in the main mosque in the southern New Zealand city was an Australian-born citizen.
He said Australian security authorities were investigating any links between the country and the attack but declined to provide further details about the Australian gunman.
An emotional Morrison offered his sympathies to Kiwis.
“We are not just allies, we are not just partners, we are family,” he said.
“It is such a sad and devastating reminder of the evil that can be ever present about us,” Morrison said of the attacks.