Big Breaking : Mass shootings at Christchurch mosques : multiple fatalities reported
A number of people have been shot dead in shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand during Friday afternoon prayers. There are reports of 27 people who have been killed in this mass shooting as per local media.
The Guardian has reported that one suspect is in custody but police warned they are still tracing an active shooter. Police commissioner Mike Bush said: “Close your doors until you hear from us again.”
A car with explosives inside was intercepted by police nearby.
The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said it was “One of New Zealand’s darkest days”, calling the attacks “an unprecedented act of violence”.
CNN report says that the city has been placed in lockdown, with schools and public buildings closed. Nearby climate change protests were evacuated and council staff have been looking after children separated from their relatives in the chaos.