At least nine dead in New Zealand mosque shootings

WELLINGTON:  A minimum of 9 worshipers have been killed as unknown assailants opened indiscriminate hearth at two mosques within the New Zealand metropolis of Christchurch on Friday.

“That is one among New Zealand’s darkest days,” mentioned Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “Clearly what has occurred right here is a unprecedented and unprecedented act of violence.”

Witnesses instructed media {that a} man wearing a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an computerized rifle had began randomly taking pictures folks within the Al Noor mosque.

The Bangladesh cricket group was arriving for prayers when the taking pictures occurred however all members have been secure, a group coach instructed Reuters.

Bangladeshi cricketer Tamim Iqbal Khan mentioned on Twitter: “Total group obtained saved from lively shooters!!!”

New Zealand’s Police Commissioner Mike Bush mentioned “so far as we all know” a number of fatalities occurred at two mosques. Police had one particular person in custody however they weren’t positive if others have been concerned, and folks ought to keep away from mosques.

Police mentioned earlier they have been looking “an lively shooter” within the middle of Christchurch metropolis.

“A critical and evolving state of affairs is happening in Christchurch with an lively shooter,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush mentioned.

“Police are responding with its full functionality to handle the state of affairs, however the threat atmosphere stays extraordinarily excessive.”

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness contained in the Al Noor mosque saying he heard pictures fired and a minimum of 4 folks have been mendacity on the bottom and “there was blood in all places”.

“Horrified to listen to of Christchurch mosque shootings. There may be by no means a justification for that form of hatred,” mentioned Amy Adams, a member of parliament from Christchurch.

The Bangladesh cricket group is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a 3rd cricket check beginning on Saturday.

“They have been on the bus, which was simply pulling as much as the mosque when the taking pictures begun,” Mario Villavarayen, energy and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket group, instructed Reuters in a message.

“A lot of those that would have been affected by this taking pictures could also be migrants to New Zealand,” Ardern mentioned.

“They might even be refugees right here. They’ve chosen to make New Zealand their residence and it’s their residence … they’re us. The individuals who has perpetuated this violence in opposition to us … don’t have any place in New Zealand.”

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