March 15, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Christchurch, NZ: According to media reports emanating from the New Zealand at least 30 people are feared dead as gunmen opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch.
Armed with semi-automatic weapons a shooter walked into a mosque on Deans Ave, Christchurch and opened fire. A second gunman opened fire at a mosque in Linwood.
According to reports in Stuff.Co.Nz, the gunmen live-streamed the attack on internet.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls the attacks “NZ’s darkest day”.
Four people have been arrested and several bombs found following shootings, say media reports.
A Facebook update by New Zealand police reads:
Police continue to respond to an ongoing serious and tragic firearms incident in Christchurch.
The incident remains fluid and information is still coming to hand.
We can confirm that Police have been dealing with two shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, one at Deans Avenue and one at Linwood Avenue. Those locations remain locked down.
We can confirm there have been a number of fatalities. We cannot at this stage confirm the precise number but it is significant.
So far, four people, three men and a woman, have been taken into custody after being apprehended by Police. We are speaking with those people.
Police are still treating this incident as ongoing and Christchurch residents are strongly urged to stay indoors and keep safe, and monitor the Police website and social media for further information. We continue to utilise every possible resource to resolve the situation.
Police work with a number of agencies in preparation for events of this nature and we have plans and procedures in place which we are following. We are receiving assistance from NZDF, Ambulance, Fire and Emergency NZ, and wider Government.
At this stage we will not be discussing the offenders’ possible motivations or the causes of this incident.
We have asked all mosques nationally to shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice.
The lock down of schools through Christchurch has been lifted.
We thank the public for their ongoing cooperation at this very serious time.
We would like to reassure members of the public that there is a large Police presence in the city and the safety of the community is our priority.
We will provide further information as we are able.
Source: N Z Police
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