Breaking News: Gunmen open fire in two mosques in New Zealand

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At least 40 people have been killed after gunmen opened fire in two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch this Friday morning. This unprecedented attack has shocked the usually peaceful nation.

The shootings occurred at the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid in Linwood, both in Christchurch's city center. Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque. The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at the mosque when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters. 

"A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter," New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. 

"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high." 

 

Tamim Iqbal Khan

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Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack

 

 

Both mosques are in Christchurch's city center and police have placed the two locations on lockdown.

A total of 48 patients, including young children with gunshot wounds, are have been admitted to Christchurch hospital for treatment.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said four people have been taken into custody -- three men and one woman. Police do not believe there are any other suspects but said it was still an open investigation.

 

 

New Zealand Police

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4/4 Media please note the stand up with Commissioner Mike Bush has been pushed back to 5.30pm. This will be held at the Royal Society on Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington.

New Zealand Police

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Police can now confirm the lock down of schools throughout Christchurch has been lifted. We would like to reassure members of the public that there is a large Police presence in the city and the safety of the community is our priority.

10:27 AM - Mar 15, 2019