Gunman opens fire at mosque in New Zealand; several feared dead

Mar 17, 2019, 00:55
Gunman opens fire at mosque in New Zealand; several feared dead

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying it marked "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

"For now my thoughts and I'm sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who have been affected, their families", she said.

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that a man from his country is one of the suspects arrested.

In full, Prince Charles said: "Both my wife and I were utterly horrified to hear of the most barbaric attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, which resulted in the cruel and tragic loss of so many people's lives".

Two improvised explosive devices attached to a suspect's vehicle were also discovered in the area.

Ardern also said that the terrorists chose to attack New Zealand due to its tolerant and welcoming worldview.

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Witnesses described the shooter as dressed in a bulletproof vest and a helmet as he opened fire at the Masjid Al Noor mosque at 1:40 p.m. local time, where there could have been as many as 300 people praying. "The person who has perpetrated these acts is not".

48 people were taken to Christchurch hospital, and 20 of them were in a critical condition.

"I came to the street I saw one person got shot on his chest", he said, adding that the ambulance and police then arrived on the scene.

"The horrific active shooter scenario at a mosque is something we all pray never happens, there is no active intelligence that there is any immediate threat in the US".

One eye witness said that the gunman entered from the main entrance of the building and began shooting.

Speaking about her family, she said: "I'm sure many of you at home will have relatives in New Zealand and it will be very alarming for you. Additional patients with gunshot wounds presented to other health facilities in the community", the health authority said.

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Meanwhile, police said later that not one but a total of four people, three men and a woman, were in custody following an "active shooter situation" at two mosques, and more could be still at large. Nichols said he saw two wounded people being carried out on stretchers past his automotive shop. The suspects had not previously been on any watchlist or known to police.

Police said they were trying to determine how they might be involved. The gunman then walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground.

The gunman sprayed innocent worshipers inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch for more than two minutes before running back out to the street, where he takes aim at people down the sidewalk before returning to his auto for a different weapon. "Not in New Zealand". The New Zealand-Bangladesh third Test match set to be played in Christchurch was cancelled.

In Muslim-majority Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the biggest party in its ruling coalition, said: "I am deeply saddened by this uncivilized act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians". He said he then went into the mosque to try to help.

"We must link arms around the world to stand up against this evil". "We have asked all mosques nationally to shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice", the police tweeted.

Christchurch Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 41 people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque near Hagley Park, while seven were shot dead at the Linwood Avenue Mosque.

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