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Death tolls from Christchurch mosques attacks has risen to 49 | Coastweek

CHRISTCHURCH (Xinhua) -- Police are seen at a road block in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019. At least 27 people were killed in multiple shootings in the two mosques of New Zealand’s Christchurch on Friday afternoon, and police said they have arrested four suspects so far. XINHUA PHOTO - ZHU QIPING

Death toll from Christchurch mosque attacks has risen to 49

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Xinhua) -- The death toll from attacks on two mosques of New Zealand’s Christchurch rose to 49 and 48 others were wounded, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said on Friday.
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 EARLIER REPORTS:

At least 27 people dead in NZ’s Christchurch
multiple shootings, four suspects arrested

CHRISTCHURCH New Zealand (Xinhua) -- At least 27 people were killed in multiple shootings in the two mosques of New Zealand’s Christchurch on Friday afternoon, and police said they have arrested four suspects so far.

Among the four, one is woman and three are men. Local police have also found and neutralised a number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) attached to vehicles.

At least two gunmen opened fire at two separate mosques in Christchurch, according to local media. Witnesses described that there are much blood and multiple deaths. At least 50 rounds of gunshots were heard during the shooting, said one witness.

At least 27 people were shot dead. Some reports also said that gunshots happened in at least six different places.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to the public at 4:00 p.m. local time.

She said: "This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. My thoughts are with Christchurch."

"It is an unprecedented violence in New Zealand.

"There is no place for such extreme violence in New Zealand."

According to reports, a gunman in camouflage uniforms opened fire inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque full of prayers in central Christchurch during the afternoon praying time.

The Bangladesh cricket team was about to enter the mosque when the shooting occurred, so the team members fled safely.

Local media also reported another shooting at a second mosque on a Christchurch suburb.

People are recommended by the police to stay indoors.

All mosques nationally are urged to shut their doors, and people are advised to refrain from visiting these premises until further notice.

Armed police have been deployed. Local streets and schools are locked down.

Christchurch airport operates as normal.

Chinese Consul General in Christchurch Wang Zhijian told Xinhua that emergence response has been activated. No casualty of Chinese citizen has being reported yet.

The Consulate General office is working with local police to further check if there is any Chinese citizen being caught in the gunfire.
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At least nine dead in multiple gunshots in New Zealand’s Christchurch mosques

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Xinhua) -- Several shooting incidents happened in New Zealand’s Christchurch on Friday afternoon including inside two mosques, resulting in at least nine people dead in "six different places."

It is reported that at least two gunmen opened fire at two separate mosques in Christchurch. Witnesses described that there are much blood and multiple deaths.

Local media reported that at least nine people were shot dead. It is understood that gunshots happened in at least six different places.

According to reports, a gunman opened fire inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque full of prayers in central Christchurch during the afternoon praying time.

The Bangladesh cricket team was about to enter the mosque when the shooting occurred, so the team members fled safely.

Local media also reported another shooting at a second mosque on a Christchurch suburb.

Armed police have been deployed to secure the places and hunt for the shooters.

They urged local people to stay indoors.

Local schools are also locked down.

"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high," police said in a statement.

Police said they have already captured one suspect, and are hunting other possible suspects.

More casualties are feared as the situation is evolving.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the public at 4 p. m. local time.

She said "This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days.

"My thoughts are with Christchurch."

"It is an unprecedented violence in New Zealand.

"There is no place for such extreme violence in New Zealand," Ardern said.

Chinese Consul General in Christchurch Wang Zhijian told Xinhua that emergence response has been activated.

The Consulate General office is working with local police to check if there are any Chinese citizens being caught in the gunfire.
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At least six dead in shooting at mosque in New Zealand’s
Christchurch, another shooting reported

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Xinhua) -- At least six people were killed in a shooting incident at Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch in New Zealand on Friday afternoon, local media reported.

It is reported that a gunman opened fire inside the mosque full of prayers in Christchurch during afternoon praying time.

The Bangladesh cricket team was about to enter the mosque when the shooting occurred, so the team members fled safely.

Witnesses described that there were blood and several people lying on the ground.

Local media also reported another shooting at a second mosque in a Christchurch suburb.

Armed police have been deployed to secure the places and hunt for shooters.

They urged local people to stay indoor. Local schools are also locked down.

"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high," police said in a statement.

More casualties are feared as the situation is evolving.
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URGENT: Shooting occurs at mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand

WELLINGTON New Zealand (Xinhua) -- A shooting incident happened at a mosque in New Zealand’s central Christchurch on Friday, with casualties feared.
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 UPDATES: 

New Zealand PM says 40 killed, over 20 injured in Christchurch terror attack

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Xinhua) -- The terrorist attack in Christchurch has left 40 dead and over 20 seriously injured on Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

Four suspects were arrested, including an Australian-born man.

At this stage the government had no reason to believe there are any other suspects, she added.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," Ardern told a press conference in Wellington, adding that the attack appeared to have been "well-planned."

Two explosive devices attached to cars have been decommissioned by police.

It was announced that the national security level in New Zealand was raised from low to high.

At least two gunmen opened fire at two separate mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

According to reports, a gunman in camouflage uniforms opened fire inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque full of prayers in central Christchurch during the afternoon praying time.

It was understood that gunshots happened at least in six different places.

Witnesses described that there were much blood and multiple deaths.

At least 50 rounds of gunshots were heard during the shooting, said one witness.

New Zealand Police Minister Mike Bush confirmed that three men and one woman were in police custody in relation to the multiple shootings at two separate mosques in central Christchurch.

Bush said he was aware that footage of the Al Noor Mosque shooting was on social media and police were doing everything they could to get it removed.

"This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. My thoughts are with Christchurch," Ardern said in her earlier address.

"It is an unprecedented violence in New Zealand.

"There is no place for such extreme violence in New Zealand," she said.

People were recommended by the police to stay inside.

All mosques nationally were urged to shut their doors, and people were advised to refrain from visiting these premises until further notice.

Local streets and schools were still locked down.

Christchurch airport was operating as normal.

Chinese Consul General in Christchurch Wang Zhijian told Xinhua that emergency response has been activated. No casualty of Chinese citizen has been reported yet.

The Chinese Consulate General office is working with local police to check if there is any Chinese national being caught in the gunfire.
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Four suspects arrested, 30 people reportedly
killed in Christchurch New Zealand shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Xinhua) -- Four suspects were arrested by New Zealand Police in relation with Friday afternoon’s shootings in Christchurch.

New Zealand Police Minister Mike Bush confirmed that three men and one woman are now in police custody in relation with the multiple shootings at two separate mosques in Christchurch.

"Police is not aware of other suspects in this area, but won’t assume there will not be further suspects," said Bush. Police also located cars that have bombs attached.

Local media Stuff reported that as many as 30 people were feared dead following the shooting.

Bush said the fatalities are significant. Bush added he was aware that footage of the Al Noor Mosque shooting was on social media and police were doing everything they could to get it removed.

Local police have also found and neutralized a number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) attached to vehicles.

At least two gunmen opened fire at two separate mosques in Christchurch, according to local media.

Witnesses described that there are much blood and multiple deaths. At least 50 rounds of gunshots were heard during the shooting, said one witness.

The country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said:

"This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. My thoughts are with Christchurch."

"It is an unprecedented violence in New Zealand.

"There is no place for such extreme violence in New Zealand."

According to reports, a gunman in camouflage uniforms opened fire inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque full of prayers in central Christchurch during the afternoon praying time.

The Bangladesh cricket team was about to enter the mosque when the shooting occurred, so the team members fled safely.

Local media also reported another shooting at a second mosque on a Christchurch suburb.

People are recommended by the police to stay indoors.

All mosques nationally are urged to shut their doors, and people are advised to refrain from visiting these premises until further notice.

Armed police have been deployed.

Local streets and schools are locked down. Christchurch airport operates as normal.

Chinese Consul General in Christchurch Wang Zhijian told Xinhua that emergence response has been activated. No casualty of Chinese citizen has been reported yet.

The Chinese Consulate General office is working with local police to further check if there is any Chinese citizen being caught in the gunfire.
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"I heard over 50 gunshots," witnesses recall
horrifying Christchurch mosque shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Xinhua) -- Fear shrouded New Zealand’s city of Christchurch on Friday as at least 49 people were confirmed dead so far in multiple shootings in two mosques in the city center.

Streets remained quiet and empty after the attacks, as Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel urged people to "stay inside" for safety reasons when suspects could still be on the run.

All schools in the city were put into lockdown just before home time, with many parents packed at the school gates waiting for further notice.

A mother started to sob when she read the news on her phone.

Her friends provided comfort by hugging her.

"This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during a televised speech after the shootings, describing it as a terrorist attack.

A 14-year-old high school student in Christchurch told local media that his uncle was one of the people who got shot.

After seeing people falling down, he just ran as fast as he could, all the way to the nearby Hagley Park.

"The gunshots sounded like pop, pop, pop ... I heard over 50," the boy recalled.

About 110 rounds of shots were fired, local media reported.

Four suspects, including three men and one woman, were arrested by the police so far.

One gunman, believed to be an Australian, filmed as he shot at the victims in the mosque.

The footage was circulated on social media and the police tried to remove it.

The main roads of central Christchurch were cordoned off by police officers shouting "get out" to people who were trying to get closer to see what was happening.

Helicopters hovered over the city, and police sirens were frequently heard.

The police urged people not to visit any mosques in New Zealand on Friday.

"I am still shaking, and I am traumatized," a witness said.
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New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque attack act of right-
wing terrorism: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

CANBERRA Australia (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed his "heartfelt sympathies" for New Zealand following the attacks in Christchurch.

The terrorist attack in Christchurch has left 49 dead and 48 injured on Friday, New Zealand police said.

"We grieve, we are shocked, we are appalled, we are outraged, and we stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist," Morrison told reporters on Friday evening.

"This attack reminds us of the evil that his ever present and would seek to strike out at any time."

"I particularly want to express my sincere prayers and thoughts for those New Zealanders, indeed Australians of Islamic faith today, who have been the subject of this callous right-wing extremist attack."

New Zealand Police Minister Mike Bush confirmed that three men and one woman were in police custody in relation to the multiple shootings at two separate mosques in central Christchurch.

Bush said he was aware that the footage of the Al Noor Mosque shooting was on social media and police were doing everything they could to get it removed.

"I found the advice of the New Zealand police force to be particularly wise.

"They have said, and I agree, and do not allow this evil into our lives.

"Do not share the footage.

"Do not watch the footage," Bill Shorten, leader of the opposition Australian Labor Party, told reporters.
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Fijian Prime Minister sends condolences to
victims of Christchurch mosque shootings

SUVA Fiji (Xinhua) -- Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama sent his condolences on Friday to the victims of the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand’s city of Christchurch.

"As news of a mass shooting at mosques in Christchurch unfolds, Fijian hearts are breaking for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand, a place where an atrocity of this nature is shocking and almost beyond comprehension," he said.

He said the Fijian people stand with their Pacific family in this time of suffering and sadness, and they condemn all forms of hatred and terror.

Fiji will be working closely with the New Zealand authorities to monitor the welfare of Fijians in Christchurch and will provide updates as they are made available.

At least 49 people were confirmed dead in the terrorist shootings in Christchurch on Friday afternoon and four suspects were arrested by New Zealand police.

A Fijian man was believed to be one of the victims who was shot during the attacks, according to local media reports.
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This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days, Prime
Minster says after Christchurch gunshots

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said on Friday after gunshots in Christchurch that "this is one of New Zealand’s darkest days."

The prime minister spoke to the public at 4:00 p.m. local time.

"It is an unprecedented violence in New Zealand. There is no place for such extreme violence in New Zealand," Ardern said.

"My thoughts are with Christchurch," she added.

Several shooting incidents happened in Christchurch on Friday afternoon including inside two mosques, resulting in at least nine people dead in "six different places."

It is reported that at least two gunmen opened fire at two separate mosques in Christchurch.

Witnesses described that there are much blood and multiple deaths.

The prime minister said the situation was still evolving and she could not confirm the casualties at the moment

Chinese Consul General in Christchurch Wang Zhijian told Xinhua that emergence response has been activated.

The Consulate General office is working with local police to check if there is any Chinese citizen being caught in the gunfire.
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Pakistan condemns terrorist attack at mosques in New Zealand

ISLAMABAD Pakistan (Xinhua) -- The Pakistani government and its leadership condemned the terrorist attack in two separate mosques in Christchurch city of New Zealand on Friday, which killed 49 people and injured more than 40 others.

Spokesperson of Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Faisal released a statement at Twitter, saying "Pakistan condemns the tragic terrorist incident in New Zealand.

"Our High Commission is in touch with the local authorities and trying to ascertain details."

Pakistani President Arif Alvi said in a statement that he was shocked and grieved to learn about the horrific massacre in Christchurch mosques, adding that "hate, once unleashed is difficult to stop."

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grieve and strongly condemned the attack, saying "this reaffirms what we have always maintained that terrorism does not have a religion."

According to local media reports, over 5,000 overseas Pakistanis are living in New Zealand but there is no report yet on Pakistani casualties in the attack.
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Bangladesh national cricket team to fly home from
New Zealand soon after Christchurch shooting

DHAKA Bangladesh (Xinhua) -- Shortly after the horrific shooting incident in New Zealand’s Christchurch where the Bangladesh national cricket team survived a close shave, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan said Friday in Dhaka that all the players would fly home from New Zealand soon.

He said "Our players are all at the hotel and are safe."

At least two Bangladeshis were killed and four to five others injured in the attacks at two mosques in Christchurch which have killed at least 49 people and injured 48 others.

Bangladesh cricket team players narrowly survived the attack.

They were going to one of the mosques to offer prayers when the incident took place.

There were later taken back to team hotel safely.

The third and final Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Christchurch has already been cancelled.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has strongly condemned the shooting at the mosques in New Zealand, the state-run news agency BSS reported.
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Sri Lankan Prime Minister offers condolences over New Zealand shootings

COLOMBO Sri Lanka (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday offered his deepest condolences to the government and people of New Zealand following the multiple shootings in Christchurch, which left 49 people dead and 48 others injured.

In a statement, Wickremesinghe said New Zealand is a country with a strong history of peace, multiculturalism and tolerance and there was no doubt that its people will not allow this incident to undermine those values.

In the wake of the heinous attacks, Wickremesinghe said he also offered his support to New Zealand.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the incident was one of New Zealand’s darkest days.
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