Shooting at a mosque in New Zealand's Christchurch; casualties feared

15 March, 2019, 08:30 | Author: Carlos George
  • Mass shooting at mosque in Christchurch

The gunman who opened fire in a New Zealand mosque Friday local time reportedly livestreamed the slaughter on Facebook.

New Zealand Police urged anyone in Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour.

Witness Len Peneha told The Associated Press he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.

Local media reported that a gunman opened fire inside mosque in Christchurch's Hagley Park.

Two mosques were attacked and New Zealand's Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed that bombs had been attached to cars close to the scene of the attacks.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in a statement that "all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown".

He fired more shots on the street at no apparent target and said: "Looks like we won't get the bird today boys". A witness who heard about five gunshots at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque said two wounded people were carried out on stretchers. The Herald says they have reports of between 9 to 27 killed.

Guardian reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy stated that police are also working to investigate believed explosive devices contained within a Subaru near the mosque.

The Bangladesh cricket team was at the mosque for Friday prayer when the shooting started, according to the New Zealand Herald.

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Members of the Bangladeshi cricket team were praying in the mosque when shooting broke out.

Meanwhile, Former FBC journalist Roland Koroi, says they have been instructed by police to stay indoors.

The footage shows the shooter systematically moving from room to room in the mosque, gunning down anybody he saw.

"They were devastated and terrified and I saw [people] who were from the mosque covered in blood sitting in ambulances", Ms Jamieson said.

All schools in Christchurch have been put into lockdown, as well as Christchurch Hospital. It was not immediately clear how many people were injured or killed.

"I tried to get out and I pushed myself out the back where my auto was, and from there I heard the shooting, it went on six minutes or more".

"They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun, ” Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, told Reuters in a message".

Australian diplomats in New Zealand are seeking information on whether any citizens were affected by the Christchurch mosque shooting.

"I want to assure everyone we have deployed every police resource in the Canterbury region", a spokesperson for the New Zealand Police said. The writer quoted himself as saying "I only arrived to live in New Zealand temporarily as I planned and trained, but I've soon found out that New Zealand was a target rich of an environment as anywhere else in the West".



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