Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

New Zealand Police Investigating Possible Mass Shooting At Mosque

New Zealand Police Investigating Possible Mass Shooting At Mosque

Sheik Ali said his brother was in the mosque at Linwood when the shooting started. We tried to get everyone to run away from the area because we couldn't open the door for everyone.

The head of the Federation of Islamic Federations of New Zealand, Dr Mustafa Farouk, told RNZ that up to 500 people were inside the mosque.

Multiple people are dead and four are in custody after mass shootings in two Christchurch mosques, in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has labelled "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

According to New Zealand news site TVNZ, the first incident took place at a mosque on Deans Avenue, near Hagley Park.

The gunman in New Zealand had "for Rotterham" written on his rifle magazine together with names of other mass shooters. Authorities described it as a "serious ongoing firearms incident".

"I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly", he said. He was one of 200 people in Christchurch's Masjid Al Noor mosque when he heard shots being fired. The gunman came from the backside. Gunshots went on for a long time.

Local media told AFP that at least nine people were dead and the South Island city was placed in lockdown as police hunted for an "active shooter".

"I could not contact two of my friends who are in the mosque as well", he said. We are still waiting for official confirmation of the death toll.

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The viewers of the stream could watch as he armed himself, walked into the mosque and started shooting indiscriminately.

Mohammed Nazir said it was around 1.45pm when he "heard the big sound, the gun".

It's understood around 300 people were inside for afternoon prayers when the shooting happened. He called for residents of the city to remain indoors as police conducted an investigation. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

Police have urged anyone in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.

Christchurch City Council tweeted that it was locking down a "number of central city buildings, including the Civic Offices and Central Library".

In a 74-page manifesto published online he outlined who he was and why he carried out the massacre at the Christchurch mosque. There is also a report of a gunman at a second Christchurch mosque in Linwood. It has an agricultural economy. It was affected by a devastating quake in February 2011, which killed 185 people and triggered the collapse of thousands of buildings across the city.

This is a developing story.

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