New Zealand mosque shootings:At least 49 people were killed after mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Police have detained four people with links to the shootings. The motive for the attack is still unclear and police have not yet classified it as a terrorist attack.
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49 people killed and more than 20 injured in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand: Police
- 49 people were killed and more than 20 were injured in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, said police during a press conference
- As many as 41 people died at one mosque, seven at another and one person died in the hospital, said New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush, describing the attack as a “very-well planned event”
- Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern classified it as a terrorist attack at a separate press conference
- Police have detained four people on Friday after mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand
- Three men and one woman are in custody, said Bush to reporters
- One male in late 20’s was charged with murder, another war armed at the scene but may have had nothing to do with the shooting, two others aprehended with firearms in general environment, said police
- Ardern said New Zealand had been placed on its highest security threat level
- She added that the four people in custody held extremist views but were not on any police watchlists
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that one of the four people detained is Australian
- Police said IEDs, improvised explosive devices, were found with a vehicle they stopped
- The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at the Al Noor mosque when the shooting happened, one of the team’s coaches told Reuters, adding that all members were safe
- Batman Tamim Iqbal described it as a “frightening experience” on Twitter
Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack
— Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) March 15, 2019
- “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”
- Muslims account for just over 1% of New Zealand’s population, a 2013 census showed
- UK counter terrorism police chief said UK officers ready to support counterparts in New Zealand
World leaders react to attacks
- Indonesia’s foreign minister said on Friday the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country strongly condemned a shooting at a mosque in New Zealand and authorities were checking on whether any of its citizens were victims
- In Muslim-majority Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the biggest party in its ruling coalition, said one Malaysian had been wounded in the attack he described as a “black tragedy facing humanity and universal peace”
- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman condemned what he called a “racist and fascist” attack
We strongly condemn the fascist terrorist attack in #ChristChurch.
May Allah have mercy on those who lost their lives today.
This cowardly act shows how anti-Muslim rhetoric and hatred leads to murderous acts.
The world must break its silence over Islamophobic hatred.
— Ibrahim Kalin (@ikalin1) March 15, 2019
Afghanistan’s ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Wahidullah Waissi, said on Twitter three Afghans had been wounded
I am receiving terrible news out of Christchurch mosques’ shootings. My thoughts are with the family of an Afghan origin who‘s been shot and killed at this heinous incident and with three other Afghans who are injured. Watching this closely as the situation is still unfolding.
— Wahidullah Waissi (@WahidWaissi) March 15, 2019
Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal condemned the incident on social media
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi has condemned in the strongest terms the tragic terrorist attack in #Christchurch, #NewZeland
FM has expressed condolences over loss of innocent lives in the heinous attack
#ChristchurchMosqueAttack @MFATgovtNZ @SMQureshiPTI #pakistanagainstterror
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) March 15, 2019