At least 49 people were killed and dozens more were seriously injured in armed assaults during Friday prayers, authorities said, in an apparently livestreamed attack that forced the New Zealand city of Christchurch into lockdown. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the attacks marked “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”. “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” she said. “From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned.” She added: “Two explosive devices attached to suspect vehicles have now been found and they have been disarmed.” The gunman at one mosque was an Australian-born citizen, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in Sydney, describing him as “an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist”. ‘Darkest day’ An ashen-faced Ardern said she was unable to confirm the number of fatalities, with events still unfolding.