At least 49 people were left dead and twenty others seriously injured in New Zealand city of Christchurch after gunmen opened fire at two mosques on Friday.
41 of them were killed at the Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and seven at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue. One of the injured died in hospital.
The two locations in Christchurch’s city center are on lockdown and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it a terrorist attack.
What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their home – they are us.
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) March 15, 2019
Describing the attack as one of the darkest days Ardern warned people not to go to any mosque in the country today and wait for more update from the government or authorities.
Addressing to the press she added, “What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence… For now my thoughts and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who have been affected their families.”
Forty-eight patients have been admitted to a hospital with gunshot injuries.
Until now four suspects including one woman have been arrested and investigation is still open even though police believe there are no other suspects.
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said one of the male suspects is in his late 20s and he is charged with murder. He is to appear before a Christchurch court Saturday morning.
In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown. Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.
— New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) March 15, 2019
New Zealand is a country with very low crime rate and such a violence has shocked everyone.
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