Many shot and killed at NZ mosque

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand

New Zealand police said the shooter is still active, according to a report in AFP.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is aware of reports of a shooting incident at a mosque in central Christchurch.

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

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Arden said it was "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

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

The Kiwis have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match Test series.

People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch.

The local police have also cleared Cathedral Square, where thousands of children were rallying for action on climate change.

Bangladesh have been touring New Zealand since last month.

Peneha said he then went into the mosque to try and help.

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

She said police were working to get the situation under control.

About 300 people were inside the mosque for afternoon prayers.

"I spoke to one of them shortly after (the incident)".

Armed police were deployed in the city near where the shooting happened in Hagley Park at 1.40pm (NZT) on Friday and schools across the city are now in lockdown.

"We've probably seen 10 ambulances". He did not know if they were alive or dead.

It has been reported that up to 500 people were in the mosque at the time. "It's unbelievable nutty. I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone". Please avoid the area. I'm speaking from experience, I'm speaking from what I've heard.

"When that was happening, one of the players had called me to contact the police". Lots of people were sitting on the floor.

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