The gunman who killed 49 worshippers in two New Zealand mosques on Friday Mach 15th was a right-wing "terrorist" with Australian citizenship, 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, AFP reported.
He confirmed media reports that the gunman who mowed down worshippers in two mosques in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch was an Australian-born citizen.
He said Australian authorities were investigating any links between the country and the attack, but declined to provide further details about the gunman.
Australian media reported the gunman came from a town in New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, and state police later said they were increasing patrols around NSW mosques in light of the Christchurch attacks.