TOKYO, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday sent a message of condolences to his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern, condemning shootings at mosques in New Zealand earlier in the day, local media reported.
In his message, Abe described the shootings as a "despicable terrorist act" and said that they should never be tolerated.
"Terrorism should never be tolerated for any reason. Japan is determined to resolutely fight terrorism together with New Zealand as well as the international community," he said in the message.
Abe also expressed condolences and sympathy to the people of New Zealand that have been affected by the shootings.
At least 49 people were killed and 48 others wounded in multiple attacks on two mosques of New Zealand's Christchurch on Friday.