"Japan firmly condemns the atrocious shooting carried out in Christchurch", said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a statement, expressing Japan's "sincere solidarity with the people of New Zealand".
The man who killed or injured dozens of people in a mosque in New Zealand streamed the shooting for 17 minutes, the New Zealand Herald reported earlier on Friday.
Police imposed a city-wide lockdown, sending armed officers to a number of scenes, and two IEDs (improvised explosive devices) were found attached to a vehicle and neutralised.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the national security threat level was being raised to the second-highest level. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, speaking on Checkpoint, said the country had been robbed of its "innocence", while Andrew Little, the justice minister, affirmed, "There is no place for hate in New Zealand". Two other men are in custody over the attacks.
Police first received reports of the shootings at 1:40 p.m. Friday, local time, when mosques around the world are busiest as Muslims convene for Friday prayers.
In it, he says he was inspired by mass killer Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue, and one person died from their injuries in hospital.
Batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted "entire team got saved from active shooters". At least one, though, is not believed to have had anything to do with the shooting.
People stand across the road from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.
JOSEPH JOHNSON STUFFArmed police on Linwood Ave and specialist armed police after the Linwood Mosque came under attack
Authorities said the suspect would appear in Christchurch District Court on Saturday morning.
Another man said he saw children being shot. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.
A spokesperson said the attack happened as some of the players got off a team bus and were about to enter the mosque.
French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the "odious crimes against the mosques of Christchurch in New Zealand" that have so far left 49 dead.
Another witness, Len Peneha, who lives next door to al Noor Mosque, said he saw a man dressed in all black run into the mosque, and then he heard shots and saw people fleeing the mosque. Dunedin is a city near the southern tip of New Zealand, around 225 miles from Christchurch.
Following the attack, New Zealand cancelled all to and fro flights to Christchurch. "In the wake of this disgusting act of bigoted violence, which appears to be rooted in Islamophobia, New York stands with the Muslim community as we always have and always will", the statement read in part.
Forty-one people were killed at al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue, and eight people died at the Linwood Mosque on Linwood Avenue, according to New Zealand's Police Commissioner Mike Bush.
"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the frightful massacre in the Mosques", he tweeted.
She pronounced it "one of New Zealand's darkest days". All Christchurch schools have been shut. Police have urged the public not to share the "extremely distressing" material online.
"Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings".