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Facebook says it 'quickly' removed New Zealand shooter's video

AFP  |  San Francisco 

said Friday it had "quickly" removed a live video from the suspected gunman in twin mosque shootings that killed at least 49 people in

The 28-year-old shooter, who has been arrested, published a racist manifesto on before livestreaming his rampage showing him repeatedly shooting at worshipers from close range.

"Police alerted us to a video on Faceook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter's and Instragram accounts and the video," the said.

"We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we're aware."

The Live video, taken with a camera that appeared to be mounted on the gunman's body, shows a clean-shaven, Caucasian man with short hair driving to the in central Christchurch.

He enters the building and fires repeatedly at worshipers as he moves from room to room.

AFP determined the video was genuine through a digital investigation that included matching screenshots of the mosque taken from the gunman's footage with showing the same areas.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 19:25 IST