24th May 09:03 AM
People killed after gunmen reportedly opened fire at 2 mosques and a hospital in Christchurch
By Naveel Krishant
Friday 15/03/2019
Police and members of the public stand in Hagley Park following the shooting at the Deans Ave mosque [Photo: George Heard]

One person is in custody in relation to fatal shootings at two Christchurch mosque that has claimed at least nine lives.

According to NZ Police others maybe active.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it is clear that this is one of New Zealand's darkest days.

She says this is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.

Ardern says many of those in the mosque were likely to be migrants ‑ but they were New Zealanders adding the shooter was not,

She adds there is no place in New Zealand for extreme violence."

People have been told to stay indoors after gunmen reportedly opened fire at two mosques and the main hospital in Christchurch.

According to NZ Herald one of the gunmen is believed to be an Australian who has written a 37‑page manifesto declaring his intentions.

According to newstalkzb, the Australian gunmen filmed as he shot victims in the mosque.

They also report that at the second mosque, a prayer goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

Stuff.co.nz understands the emergency department at Christchurch Hospital has been cleared out. Hospital staff are expecting about 40 to 50 injured people, and private hospital Southern Cross has also been cleared to treat the injured.

There are reports of a third active shooting unfolding outside the Christchurch Hospital.

The Guardian is reporting police as saying there is a car bomb on Strickland Street in Christchurch.

The bomb is located inside a car that has crashed on Strickland Street, about 3km from the Al Noor Mosque where the shooting took place.

Stay with us for updates.


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