Multiple deaths in mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

Two mosques in New Zealand were attacked by gunmen and a number of fatalities and many deaths reported. Police arrest four suspects - 3 men and a woman

Multiple deaths in mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand Multiple deaths in mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand Source : Press

Several were shot dead in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand where the mosques were full of people attending Friday prayers. Police asked the people to stay indoors to determine if there were more than one gunman was involved.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shooting as "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and also called the events in the city of Christchurch as "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence." She also revealed that they are dealing with an evolving situation across multiple sites.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush revealed that they have taken four people into custody, three men and one woman but added: "Let's not presume the danger is gone." Bush also revealed that there are "significant" and "multiple" fatalities. He also told the people, "We ask all mosques nationally to shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice."

It is reported that a man who claimed to be responsible for the shooting left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto where he explained who he was and also gave a reason for his outrageous actions. He said he considered it a terrorist attack.

While a witness reported that there was a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and was seen carrying an automatic rifle. It is reported that the gunman started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque. Even the Bangladesh cricket team was in the vicinity of the shooting but a team coach told media that all members were safe. Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach was quoted saying, "The players are shaken up but fine."

Authorities have not yet revealed how many people were killed or wounded, but police commissioner Bush said, "It's a very serious and grave situation."


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