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A gunman has opened fire inside a mosque in New Zealand.
Numerous casualties reported following a shooting inside a mosque in Christchurch, NZ. tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-z…
Much of Christchurch, New Zealand on lockdown following at least one shooting incident.
Up to 30 people have been shot, according to @radionz.
At least one fatality -- "a dead has been scene near the Al Noor Mosque," according to @NewstalkZB.
Gunmen opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, according to local media reports.
Residents across the whole of Christchurch told by police to remain indoors and off the streets and all schools in the city on lockdown.
Some people seen in handcuffs, according to a @NewstalkZB reporter.
Members of the #Bangladesh cricket team were in one of the attacked mosques but all managed to escape, according to initial reports.
“I saw dead people everywhere," witness Len Peneha tells @AP, explaining he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.
"A lot of people are dead," witness of Christchurch mosque shooting tells @NewstalkZB.
All members of the #Bangladesh cricket team who were in the mosque when the attack occurred are reported safe.
Police in New Zealand confirm one person in custody in mosque shooting in Christchurch.
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirms "multiple casualties" at two mosques in Christchurch area.
"Anyone thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand" should not go and all Muslim religious institutions in the country should close their doors, the police commissioner requests. There could be other active shooters.
One gunman posted a manifesto on social media and live streamed it, according to @NewstalkZB.
"There are multiple scenes involved in this incident," says New Zealand Prime Minister @jacindaardern. "This is one of New Zealand's darkest days...an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence."
New Zealand Prime Minister @jacindaardern to the people of Christchurch: "Please remain in lockdown."
"They are dealing with multiple scenes," @jacindaardern says of the police responding to the attacks. "This is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days."
"This is not who we are," says Prime Minister @jacindaardern in New Plymouth. The attacks "occurred in a place where people should have been expressing their religious freedom."
"Many people in Christchurch feel the city is under attack," says announcer on @NewstalkZB, noting reports of gunmen at additional locations.
New Zealand government convenes crisis meeting of ODESC national security agencies at Police National Headquarters in Wellington.
Additional suspects apprehended at Papanui High School in Christchurch which is reported to have been a third shooting scene, according to @NewstalkZB.
New Zealand police also reported to be responding to a possible explosive device on Strickland Street in the Spreydon area of Christchurch.
Local media reports in Christchurch, quoting sources, say nine people are dead following shootings at two mosques in the city on New Zealand's South Island.
"Shocked beyond words," says Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel. "I would never have expected anything like this to happen in Christchurch, I'd never expect this to happen in New Zealand."
About 100 wounded in one mosque, a worshipper tells @radionz, describing the gunman as "very calm."
Witness tells @radionz the gunman also shot women who tried to flee.
"We believe one of the shooters is an Australian in his 20's" who came to Christchurch three months ago to plan the attack, reports @radionz.
New Zealand vs. Bangladesh #cricket test match cancelled. nzc.nz/cricketnation
"We are currently dealing with an unprecedented situation in New Zealand," says @nzpolice Commissioner Mike Bush, announcing four suspects are in custody for mass shootings at two mosques in the Christchurch area.
"We don't have the identities of those who have died as yet," says @nzpolice commissioner.
"Four are in custody, three are men and one is a woman," apparently, says the @nzpolice commissioner, adding they were apprehended by local police. "But let's not assume the danger is gone."
"There were a number of IED's attached to vehicles that we stopped," adds @nzpolice commissioner.
"We're not assuming this is contained to Christchurch," says @nzpolice Commissioner Mike Bush at a news conference, telling reporters that police in the city and elsewhere will be carrying guns for the next week or so (they normally do not).
Video of one of the #ChristchurchMosqueAttack suspects being arrested: stuff.co.nz/national/11131…
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