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New Zealand: Live: Multiple fatalities, four arrested after shots fired at mosques in central Christchurch

Friday 15 March 2019, by siawi3

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/384790/live-multiple-fatalities-four-arrested-after-shots-fired-at-mosques-in-central-christchurch

Live: Multiple fatalities, four arrested after shots fired at mosques in central Christchurch

07:38 (2 hours ago)

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed 40 people have died after the “terrorist” attack at two mosques in Christchurch today.

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Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch. Credit: Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Credit: Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

A man reacts as he speaks on a mobile phone outside a mosque in central Christchurch. Credit: AP Photo/Mark Baker

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch. Credit: AP Photo/Mark Baker

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch. Credit: AP Photo/Mark Baker

Azam Ali who was in the Linwood Avenue mosque. Credit: RNZ / Conan Young

Shoaib Gani who was in the Linwood Avenue mosque. Credit: RNZ / Conan Young

Armed police blocked off the road and turned people away. Credit: RNZ / Simon Rogers

Police taping off the street, with people reunited at the edge of the cordon. RNZ / Simon Rogers

Police blocking off roads in Christchurch. Credit: RNZ / Simon Rogers

Police Commissioner Mike Bush giving a media conference about the mosque shootings. Credit: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

People outside the cordon. Credit: RNZ / Simon Rogers

People being escorted out of the police cordon. Credit: RNZ / Simon Rogers

People being escorted out of the police cordon. Credit: RNZ / Simon Rogers

People being escorted out of the police cordon. Credit: RNZ / Simon Rogers

Credit: RNZ / Conan Young

Credit: RNZ / Conan Young
Key points:

There have been two shooting incidents - at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park, and at the Linwood Masjid Mosque in the suburb of Linwood.
Forty people have died, the PM has confirmed. Ten died at Linwood mosque and 30 at Dean Ave mosque.
Canterbury DHB says 48 patients with gunshot wounds are being treated at Christchurch Hospital.
PM Jacinda Ardern has described it as a “terrorist attack”.
The national security threat level has been increased from low to high.
Four people are in custody, but police warn there could be more offenders. The PM said those in custody were not on any security watch lists.
Commissioner Bush said there were a number of explosive devices attached to vehicles that were stopped by police and these have been made safe by Defence Force personnel.
An eyewitness described seeing a man wearing a helmet and glasses and a military style jacket opening fire inside one of the mosques with an automatic weapon.
All Christchurch schools, Christchurch Hospital and Christchurch City Council buildings were placed into lockdown. The schools have now been cleared to lift the lockdown.
Multiple roads in the city, including Blenheim Rd, Moorhouse Ave and Brougham St, were closed.
Police have told mosques nationwide to shut their doors until further notice
The third cricket Test between Bangladesh and NZ - due to start in Christchurch tomorrow - has been cancelled.

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