The mosque was reportedly busy due to Friday prayers.

Christchurch mosques targeted in mass shooting; police say one person is in custody and several are dead




The mosque was reportedly busy due to Friday prayers.

Christchurch mosques targeted in mass shooting; police say one person is in custody and several are dead

15/3/2019

(Translation appears in Arabic section)

Police in Christchurch say a person is in custody, but more suspects involved in an active shooting may still be at large after an attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city.

Police have confirmed they are responding to a "serious and evolving situation is … with an active shooter".

"[The events] involve an active shooter, they involve multiple fatalities," New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said.

"We have one person in custody and we are unsure if there are other people.

"The multiple fatalities, are as far as we know, at two locations — a mosque at Deans Ave and another mosque at Linwood Ave Christchurch.

"Again we are unsure if there are any other locations outside of that area that are under threat."

All Christchurch schools are in lockdown and a nearby students' climate strike has been evacuated.

People in central Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to authorities.

 

The mosque was reportedly busy due to Friday prayers.

Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque in the centre of the city about 1:45pm and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.

Mr Peneha, who has lived next door to the mosque for about five years, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in his driveway, and fled.


 














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