Wellington: 27 killed at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers. “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”
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.
Dozens feared dead as at least two gunmen open fire at two central Christchurch mosques. City in lockdown, with reports of a third shooting scene and a car bomb in Strickland St
One gunman, believed to be Australian, filmed as he shot victims in the mosque – and wrote a manifesto declaring his intentions.
Teen witness: “I just ran as fast as I could, over the fence to Hagley Park, I didn’t stop. The gunshots sounded like pop, pop, pop…I heard over 50.” A man wearing military clothing has been arrested outside Papanui High School. Gunmen have opened fire at mosques in Christchurch, with reports of between nine and 27 people killed and police urging residents to stay indoors. One man is in custody. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.
Injured people are still being rushed to Christchurch Hospital. There is a large police presence at the hospital with many armed officers. The New Zealand National Front has said it the events in Christchurch do not involve the organisation, nor its members. “The National Front does not condone or agree with this type of wanton murder of innocent people regardless of their religious beliefs.