A 28 year old gunman has opened fire killing 49 and injuring 20 more at two mosques at Christchurch in New Zealand. The terrorist has live streamed the shooting for 17 minutes on social media.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference that 20 people were in a serious condition after the terrorist attack. The police commissioner said they have taken four individuals into custody including a women.
Reports suggest came into the the Masjid Al Noor mosque with an automatic weapon and started shooting at the crowd. Authorities have not described the scale of Friday’s shootings but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.
Police warned worshipers not to visit mosques in New Zealand”. A lock down imposed throughout Christchurch was called off at about 05:00 GMT.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one of the suspects was an Australian national, calling him an “extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist”.