Forty-nine people are have been killed in two armed attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 49 worshippers died at the Masjid al-Noor mosque on Deans Avenue, seven at the Linwood Avenue mosque, and one more later in hospital. 48 people have been treated for injuries.

Mr Bush said that of the four people originally arrested, and one Australian man in his late 20s had been charged with murder.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern said the attacks had clearly been “well-planned” and labelled this “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.

“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack. From what we know, it does appear to have been well-planned,”she said, “these are people who I would describe as having extremist views, that have absolutely no place in New Zealand, and in fact have no place in the world.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the massacre of worshippers as an act of “extremist right-wing terrorism.”