A Gunman Opened Fire Inside Mosque In Christchurch’s Hagley Park

A Gunman Opened Fire Inside Mosque In Christchurch’s Hagley Park

The Masjid al Noor in central Christchurch was filled with worshippers, when the attack happened, as was a second mosque in suburban Linwood. There were reports of armed police at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

New Zealand police were hunting “an active shooter” in the center of Christchurch city,  time after a gunman opened fire at a mosque inflicting several casualties.

“A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

Witnesses told local media there were several casualties inside the building. The Bangladesh cricket team was in the vicinity of the shooting but all members were safe, a team coach told media.

People in center of the city should stay indoors, police said. All Christchurch schools and council buildings have been placed into lockdown.

Police did not immediately comment on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby. There is no official confirmation on casualties.

Sadly, 40 people have died as a gunman opened fire in two mosques in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern informed, adding that it was a well-planned terror attack.

PM Morrison said the shooting in Christchurch was carried out by "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist" who was an Australian-born citizen.

He declined to provide further details, saying the investigation was being led by New Zealand authorities. At least one gunman who targeted crowded mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch killed a number of people, police said.