India March 15(IM): New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that 40 people were killed in the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques on Friday, adding that four suspects were in custody. This was followed by an announcement by New Zealands police commissioner that nine more people had died, taking the toll to 49. Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the gunman who killed numerous worshippers was a right-wing extremist with Australian citizenship. According to local media reports, the shooter reportedly live streamed the entire incident on Facebook. Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people.
A Bangladeshi journalist Mohammad Isam, in a tweet reported that the entire Bangladesh cricket team were among those who escaped from the mosque near Hagley park, where the shooting took place."Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval," he wrote.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush says that the death toll in mosque massacre has risen to 49. "A man has been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow. One of those arrested may have had nothing to do with the attack, the two other people arrested in possession of firearms are still being investigated," he said.
Forty people been killed and 20 injured in a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, which occurred during afternoon prayers. Three people , one of them confirmed an Australian-born man , are in custody.
-It was described as a terrorist attack by NZ prime minister Jacinda Ardern, and an extremist, right-wing violent terrorist attack by Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
-Christchurch remains on high alert with the police issuing strict advisories to stay indoors and "keep all doors closed".
-Ardern said: Many directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here...They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.
-The attacker is believed to have livestreamed at least one of the attacks on Facebook. Even while the police urged people not to share the distressing footage, the 17-minute clip has gone viral on the internet.
Multiple people were shot dead after attackers opened fire at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch during Friday afternoon prayers.
-Four suspects three men and a woman are in police custody and multiple explosive devices have been found attached to cars across the city.
-Police commissioner Mike Bush in a press conference has asked everyone to avoid visiting a mosque and told the residents of Christchurch to Close your doors until you hear from us again.
-New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, said it was One of New Zealands darkest days, calling the attacks an unprecedented act of violence.
-Christchurch has been placed under a complete lockdown, with schools and public buildings closed. The school lockdown was later lifted but residents urged to stay indoors.
-The attacker is believed to have livestreamed at least one of the attacks. Police have urged people not to share the distressing footage
SOURCE : NEWS18