New Zealand mosque shooting LIVE updates: At least 49 people were killed and more than 20 injured after gunmen opened fire at two mosques in central Christchurch on Friday, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. A gunman entered in Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch’s Hagley Park and started shooting with an automatic weapon, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. The media in New Zealand reported shooting at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.
Following the tragic incident, all Christchurch schools and council buildings have been placed into lockdown. The New Zealand Police have asked all mosques in the country to shut their doors, and advised people not to visit these premises until further notice. The police also requested the citizens to call 111 in an emergency and to report bad driving-call 555.
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The Bangladesh cricket team was going to Friday prayers at the mosque, the Masjid Al Noor, when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, the Reuters reported.
Brenton Tarrant, accused in the attack was wearing military-style, camouflage outfit and a helmet. He was also carrying a machine gun, locals said.
Devotees as young as 16-year-old were praying inside the mosque when the incident took place, reports said.
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Screenshot of the manifesto posted by Tarrant before he opened fire inside the Al Noor Mosque.
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