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In the Christchurch mosque shooting the latest update suggests that 40 people have been killed and 20 seriously injured.
The shoot-out took place in two different mosques in the second-largest city of New Zealand on Friday (March 15). The Prime Minister of New Zelaand Jacinda Ardern said it was a well-planned terror attack.
Media reports said that a man who called himself “Brenton Tarrant” – a white, 28-year-old Australia-born man – claimed to be the shooter and livestreamed the shooting for 17 minutes.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that one of the four people taken into custody is Australian.
“I can confirm that the individual who was taken into custody I have been advised is an Australian-born citizen,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney.
“As family members with our New Zealand cousins today, 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.”
Police said all mosques in the country have been asked to shut doors for now.
“This can only be described as a terrorist attack,” Ms Ardern said at a televised press conference.
“Two explosive devices attached to suspect vehicles have now been found and they have been disarmed,” she added.
She said they have detained four people and their interrogation proves that they held extremist views. Surprisingly, they were not ona police watchlist.
“While we do not have anything to believe at this stage that there were any other suspects, we are not assuming that at this stage.”
She had earlier described Friday as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
“Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”
Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters in Wellington that four people – three men and one woman – are in custody, and that things are moving very quickly.
He said a number of improvised explosive devices attached to cars have been made safe now. He said it was not possible to assume that the attack was isolated to Christchurch, saying: “At this point in time, we should never make assumptions.”
Bangladeshi cricketer Tamim Iqbal Khan has tweeted that the “entire team got saved from active shooters.”