Gunmen open fire at 2 New Zealand mosques, several killed

Mass shooting at mosque in Christchurch

Mass shooting at mosque in Christchurch

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing the shootings as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

New Zealand police confirmed one suspect is now custody following the attack. He said anybody who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand on Friday should stay put.

Ms Ardern said police had advised there may be other offenders excluding the shooter in custody.

Answering his own question "was the attack anti-immigration in origin?" he posted: "Yes, beyond all doubt, anti-immigration, anti-ethnic replacement and anti-cultural replacement". "Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here".

Multiple fatalities have been confirmed by local authorities, but the exact number has not been reported.

"It's a very serious and grave situation".

Local media reported multiple casualties at one mosque and said another had been evacuated.

Witnesses say as many as 300 people were inside the Christchurch mosque when a man wearing a military-style jacket opened fire.

Mr Peneha, who has lived next door to the mosque for about five years, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in his driveway, and fled.

He then armed himself and walked into the mosque, with the first victim shot in the doorway.

Once he was satisfied everyone was dead, he ran outside and shot another person he saw on the mosque's front lawn.

He fired more shots on the street at no apparent target, and said: "Looks like we won't get the bird today boys".

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They said it was a scary situation with people running down Deans Avenue, with armed police all around the area. "I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque".

"I'm just heartbroken", he said.

Police have warned people to stay indoors. Gunshots went on for a long time.

He saw two injured people carried on stretchers past his shop.

New Zealand Police say the incident is "ongoing".

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team had gone to mosque by bus and were about to go inside when the incident took place.

Police are aware of a video shared online and not verified by CNN that purports to show a gunman walking into an unnamed mosque and opening fire.

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