Several dead after shootings in New Zealand mosques

Several dead after shootings in New Zealand mosques

New Zealand police have confirmed that there were multiple fatalities after shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

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According to the police commissioner, Mike Bush, three men and one woman are in custody in connection with the shooting, BBC reported.

"Bush said: "Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high. Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and indoors until further notice."

Briefly.co.za gathered that Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said details were not yet clear. "But I can tell you now - this will be one of New Zealand's darkest days," she said.

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A 28-year-old Australian white supremacist was said to have opened fire at a mosque in New Zealand, shooting at children and reportedly killing at least 30 people, Daily Mail reported.

Mohan Ibrahim, who was in the area of the Al Noor mosque, said:

"At first we thought it was an electric shock but then all these people started running.
"I still have friends inside. I have been calling my friends but there are many I haven't heard from. I am scared for my friends' lives."

An unidentified survivor claimed to have seen a gunman shoot a man directly in the chest. According to him, the shooting lasted for 20 minutes.

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He said:

"What I did was basically just waiting and praying, God please, let this guy run out of bullets.
"He came to this side, he shot this side, he went to another room and went to the ladies' section and shot them. I just heard one of the ladies has died."

The gunman was said to have identified himself on Twitter as Brenton Tarrant from Grafton, New South Wales.

Reports say that he live-streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque, which happened around the time that Friday prayers were underway.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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