Christchurch Shootout Live: At least 49 persons were killed, whereas over 20 are believed to be critically injured in New Zealand Mosque shooting at two mosques in Christchurch. Four suspects including three men and a woman have been taken into custody, police official Mike Bush informed.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the incident and termed the incident as ‘one of darkest days for New Zealand’. Reportedly, she also suspected it to be a terrorist attack and called it an ‘unprecedented violent crime’. On the other hand, no terrorist organisation has as of yet claimed the responsibility of the ‘attack’.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s cricket team escaped the attack unhurt. “They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel,” Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP.
In the aftermath, the Hagley Oval test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh cricket teams, which was scheduled to begin from tomorrow, stands cancelled. The cricket board of both countries confirmed that ‘the team members and support staff groups are safe’.
The New Zealand police has issued an advisory urging all mosques nationally to shut their doors. The department has advised people to refrain from visiting any mosque until further notice.
Media reports suggest that first shooting incident was reported at Masjid al Noor. It was filled with worshippers at the time of ‘attack’. The members of Bangladesh cricket team were also in the premises. Meanwhile, second shooting took place at ‘Linwood Masjid Mosque’ in Linwood.