Multiple people killed in shootings at two New Zealand mosques

UPDATE: At least 49 people have been killed in what authorities are calling a “well planned terrorist attack” in New Zealand. Early this morning police said they had four people in custody, three men and one woman.

One of those men has been charged with murder. Officials say along with the arrests, bombs were recovered on all of the suspects cars.

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New Zealand (AP) — Police in New Zealand say multiple people are dead after shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it is “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.” Ardern said at a news conference, “what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

Police have warned people to avoid mosques anywhere in New Zealand following the two shootings.

A man who lives near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch said many people were dead there. A witness to a second shooting told New Zealand media he saw two wounded people being transported by rescuers afterward

Ardern said while many people affected may be migrants or refugees “they have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home. They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.”

Police said one person is in custody. This is a developing story. 13 WREX will continue to post updates as they become available.

 

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