In photos Terror attack at New Zealand mosques
Paramedics load an injured man into an ambulance in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, March 15.

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

A man in his late 20s has been charged with murder after the mass shootings, which Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said was the work of an “extremist right-wing, violent terrorist.” Three other people — two men and one woman — were also arrested in the immediate aftermath.

Authorities said they “will not be discussing the offenders’ possible motivations or the causes of this incident” at this stage. But in a social media post just before the attack, an account that is believed to belong to one of the attackers posted a link to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and explanations for an attack.

Police say they are aware of a video shared online and broadcast live during the attack, which purports to show a gunman walking into an unnamed mosque and opening fire. CNN has not been able to independently confirm any information about any of the attackers or the alleged video at this stage.

A man reacts as he speaks on a cell phone near one of the mosques. The two mosques targeted were the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue.Mark Baker/AP
A man reacts as he speaks on a cell phone near one of the mosques. The two mosques targeted were the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue.Mark Baker/AP
Bloodied bandages litter the road on Deans Avenue.Martin Hunter/EPA
Bloodied bandages litter the road on Deans Avenue.Martin Hunter/EPA
A body lies outside one of the mosques.Mark Baker/AP
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Police Commissioner Mike Bush speaks to the media during a news conference in Wellington. Bush said two improvised explosive devices were attached to a vehicle as part of the attack. One device was disabled and authorities were working on the other.Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images
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A police officer attempts to move people away from a mosque.Mark Baker/AP
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Members of the public react in front of the al Noor mosque after the attack.Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images
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A forensics official works at the al Noor mosque after the attack.Tessa Burrows/AFP/Getty Images
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Armed police patrol outside one of the mosques.Mark Baker/AP
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People stand across the road from one of the targeted mosques.Mark Baker/AP
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People grieve on a curb in Christchurch.Martin Hunter/SNPA/EPA
People talk on their phones after the attacks.Mark Baker/AP
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Members of the media wait around the scene as police officers cordon off the area.Diederik van Heyningen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Ambulances and medical personnel stand by outside a mosque.Mark Baker/AP
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Police block off the area around one of the mosques.Diederik van Heyningen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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