Shots fired at New Zealand mosque, casualties reported

Shots fired at New Zealand mosque, casualties reported

Shots fired at New Zealand mosque, casualties reported

The gunman who opened fire in a New Zealand mosque Friday local time reportedly livestreamed the slaughter on Facebook.

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern, Prime Minister just called the violence unprecedented and New Zealand's darkest hour.

Witnesses say several people have been killed and injured in a shooting at a mosque in the center of Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Again we are unsure if there are any other locations outside of that area".

"We are also in the process of mobilising every national police resource to keep people safe", he said.

"They are shaken but good".

She told SBS News the Friday prayers were a "popular" time at the mosque, with reports up to 300 people could have been inside at the time of the initial shooting.

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According to New Zealand news site TVNZ, the incident took place at a mosque on Deans Ave, near Hagley Park.

Witness Avam Ali told Radio New Zealand how the shooting unfolded. The players just started running when they heard the shots.

While these figures are sure to change, as of this writing there are indications that "many people" are dead with one local outlet putting the initial confirmed number of victims at nine while more recent but unconfirmed reports indicicate the deathtoll is likely to be dozens or higher.

About 10 to 15 people were seen outside the mosque, "some alive, some dead", said Clarke.

Mr Peneha has lived next door to the mosque for about five years. He stood in the doorway, blocking people inside from escaping, Herald reports.

Ten emergency service vehicles are at the scene and police said it is an "evolving situation".

Police have urged anyone in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.

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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.

The PM said the act of violence had shocked and horrified New Zealanders.

"There were bodies all over me", he said.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush speaks during a press conference at Royal Society Te Aparangi in Wellington, New Zealand.

Witnesses at the mosque said there were several casualties in the shooting.

Ardern added that refugees and migrants "have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home".

The New Zealand Herald reported that the gunman who livestreamed the attack and is behind the manifesto is an Australian citizen.

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