A man with blood-stained clothing is seen near the Linwood mosque on Friday, March 15.
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In photos: Terror attack at New Zealand mosques

Updated 1541 GMT (2341 HKT) March 16, 2019

A man with blood-stained clothing is seen near the Linwood mosque on Friday, March 15.
Stacey Squires/The Press/Stuff NZ

Dozens of people were killed and many others were seriously injured Friday afternoon when two mosques were attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, has been charged with murder after the mass shootings, and two others were arrested on suspicion of possession of firearms. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the attack was perpetrated by suspects with "extremist views."

Authorities declined to discuss the potential motives behind the attack. But just before the attack, a social media account that is believed to be linked to the gunman posted a link to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and explanations for an attack.

A graphic video that streamed live on social media for about 17 minutes purports to show a portion of the attack: In it, a man is seen driving through the streets of Christchurch before arriving at the mosque and eventually opening fire. Read more: How the terror attack unfolded