Christchurch mosque shooting: All you need to know about deadly terrorist attack
Christchurch mosque shooting
Christchurch mosque shooting: Over 25 people were killed and scores others sustained serious injuries after gunmen opened fire at two mosques - Linwood Masjid Mosque and Al Noor Mosque – in central Christchurch in New Zealand. One of the shooters, who identified himself as "Brenton Tarrant" - a white, 28-year-old Australian, live streamed the horrific attack inside the Al Noor Mosque for 17 minutes. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern termed the incident one of the country’s darkest days. Meanwhile, the police have asked all the mosques incident the country to shut their doors and advised people to stay indoors. According to local media reports, one of the gunmen has been arrested by the police while the other was still active.
Here is what you need to know about the Christchurch mosque shooting:
- Two gunmen opened fire inside Linwood Masjid Mosque and Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch.
- There are reports that over 25 people have been killed in the horrific shooting and scores others sustained serious injuries.
- The city is under siege with reports of a third shooting outside Christchurch hospital and a car bomb in Strickland St.
- One of the gunmen, who identified himself as "Brenton Tarrant" - a white, 28-year-old Australian, live streamed the horrific attack as he shot victims at Al Noor Mosque and wrote a 37-page manifesto about his intentions.
- New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern termed the attacks "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
- Christchurch Police Commissioner Mike Bush has confiremd "multiple fatalities". However, several reports claimed that the number of dead was up to 27.
- Police have advised people in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.
- All mosques across the country have been asked to shut their doors untill further notice.
- All Christchurch schools has been placed into lockdown unitll further notice.
- There were about 200 people in Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Ave when the firing began. People had gone their for Friday prayers.
- In Cathedral Square, where students were holding climate protest, a police officer asked them to leave for home immediately.
- The Christchurch Hospital, where a third shooting was reported, is in lockdown. The hospital has cancelled all the appointments and no staff or patients were to enter or leave the building.
- The Bangladesh cricket team were at the mosque for Friday prayers when the shooting started. They, however, escaped unhurt. They were schedulled to play a Test match at Hagley Oval on Saturday but due to the emergency situation, the match has been cancelled.
First Published: Friday, March 15, 2019 09:44 AM