Christchurch shootings: Dozens killed in New Zealand mosque shooting

Last Updated: Friday, March 15, 2019, 04:05
Christchurch shootings: Dozens killed in New Zealand mosque shooting
In New Zealand, a gunman opened fire at two mosques killing 49 people and seriously injuring 20 others in the Christchurch city. The mosques were packed with worshippers gathered for Friday prayers. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the toll and termed the shooting as one of the country`s darkest days. Condemning the attack, she said that there is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the gunman responsible for the New Zealand shootings was an Australian-born citizen. Speaking at a press conference, Morrison described the attacker as an `extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist`.

New Zealand police say they have detained four people in connection with the deadly shootings and have neutralised a number of improvised explosive devices found. The city has been placed in lockdown as police is hunting for an active shooter. The police said, the risk environment remains extremely high and they are responding with their full capability to manage the situation.
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