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49 killed in Christchurch mosque attacks

15 March 2019 10:25 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Forty nine people have been killed and several others injured in shootings at two mosques at Christchurch in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference that 20 people were in a serious condition after the ’’terrorist’’ attack.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference that 20 people were in a serious condition after the "terrorist" attack.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said four suspects, including a woman, were in custody.

Sam Clarke, a reporter with TVNZ, spoke with several people inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque when the shooting began. He has told Al Jazeera a man entered with an automatic weapon and began firing.

"A gunman - dressed in black with a helmet carrying a machine gun - came into the back of the mosque and started firing into the people praying there," said Clarke.

Police confirmed a second shooting occurred at the Linwood mosque during Friday prayers in the South Island city, but no details were immediately available.

Ardern said: "This is, and will be, one of New Zealand's darkest days."

Authorities have not described the scale of Friday's shootings but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors. New Zealand media reported between nine and 27 people were killed, but the death toll could not be confirmed.

Police warned worshippers not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand". A lockdown imposed throughout Christchurch was called off at about 05:00 GMT.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one of the suspects was an Australian national, calling him an "extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

  Comments - 9

  • Caxton Friday, 15 March 2019 11:08 AM

    May Lord be with all got killed and injured . Senseless act.

    Ajja03 Friday, 15 March 2019 11:28 AM

    Impose Travel ban

    Sen Friday, 15 March 2019 12:51 PM

    Heard after Batti massacre of Muslims by LTTE murderers,

    kumar Friday, 15 March 2019 06:33 PM

    There were several mosque attacks have happened in Pakistan too.

    Unchikun Friday, 15 March 2019 01:32 PM

    It is sad news. It is time we have a world with a common religion. May I suggest the "Internet".

    Unchikun Friday, 15 March 2019 01:35 PM

    Violence meets violence. The follows of Islam never expected this. I hope everyone learns a lesson and get away from religious fanaticism. It is time to be born free (no religion) and live free (no religion).

    Thomas Friday, 15 March 2019 03:25 PM

    A thing which should not happen in the name of Religion. My deepest sympathies with all the victims and their families. RIP

    Sambo Friday, 15 March 2019 03:54 PM

    We are saddened to hear the horrendous killing of 49 innocent worshipers in two mosques in cold blood. New Zealand being such a beautiful country, so peaceful and respected people. Our condolences to the bereaved families and the people and the government of new Zealand. We hope the maximum punishment will be dished out to these barbaric terrorists and they will pay with their lives too.

    Jude Friday, 15 March 2019 07:00 PM

    Huh WHAT goes around comes around!!??


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