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Massacre in New Zealand mosque

Massacre in New Zealand mosque

Police Commissioner Mike Bush speaks during a press conference at Royal Society Te Aparangi in Wellington, New Zealand. He said he was not a member of any organization, but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.

The attacker "is not us" and had no place in New Zealand society.

Parts of Christchurch is on lockdown and armed police have been deployed after receiving reports of shots fired in the city center at 1:40 p.m. Friday local time.

They had been in the area worshipping before they take on the New Zealand team on Saturday.

Witness Len Peneha says he saw a man dressed in black enter the mosque - believed to have hundreds of people inside - and then heard dozens of shots. The Herald says they have reports of between 9 to 27 killed.

Reports of an additional gunman at the Linwood Masjid mosque are unconfirmed by authorities, though TVNZ reports an estimated 150 people were inside the mosque at the time of the shooting.

Taking to Twitter, she wrote: "Very shocked to hear of shooting & many deaths & injuries at Christchurch NZ mosque where people were at Friday prayers".

The Bangladesh Cricket team, who were visiting the city They weren't inside the mosque.

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An eyewitness told Stuff NZ he had seen at least four people lying on the ground and "blood everywhere". "We understand that there will be many anxious people but I can assure New Zealanders that Police is doing all it can to resolve this incident".

Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team said: "The players are shaken up but fine".

Ten emergency service vehicles are at the scene and police say it is an "evolving situation".

"The guy just started firing shots, we all took for cover".

- 7 News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) March 15, 2019Police are now responding to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch at around 1:40pm.Armed police have been deployed.Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111. "This happened at about 1.45pm".

A taxi driver in Deans Ave told Newstalk ZB that a jogger in the park said shots had been fired inside the mosque.

"I acknowledge that that may mean that some families are separated but please continue to listen out for information as it comes to light that's been directly provided by the New Zealand Police with further information", she said.


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