March 19, 2019

Reports say many dead in mass shooting at New Zealand mosque

15 March 2019, 05:26 | Devin Moran

Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand

She said police were working to get the situation under control.

Several casualties were reported by witnesses but emergency services are yet to confirm any details.

Police commissioner Mike Bush said all schools in the city had been placed in lockdown in response to "a serious ongoing firearms incident". The gunman is believed to still be at large.

There are reports that a second mosque has been evacuated.

Police did not immediately comment on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby.

There are reports that six people have been killed, though officials have not confirmed any fatalities.

"I don't they're in a mental state to play cricket at all". I'm speaking from experience, I'm speaking from what I've heard.

"I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly", he said. "Lots of police and ambulance have come, and they did not allow us to go in the mosque or to get close to it", he said.

A spokeswoman did not know how many patients were expected, adding it was an "evolving situation".

Christchurch resident Katherine Jamieson is in lockdown in her home, which is located down the road from the Mosque.

"It was very traumatic there and people were running out from that mosque presumably, and the Bangladesh players were coming out".

Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at about 1:45 p.m. and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.

He saw about four people injured and two people lying on the ground.

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team after the attack.

Canterbury Police NZ tweeted: "We have a critical incident in Deans Ave Christchurch". A roadblock has been set up at the Aldwins Rd and Linwood Ave intersection.

"Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behaviour", he said in a statement.

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