Forty people have been killed and more than 20 wounded in shootings at two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the gunman, who had Australian citizenship, as an “extremist, right-wing” terrorist New Zealand Police said.
New Zealand Police said four people three men and one woman were in custody in connection with the shooting.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.
The first report of an attack came from the Al Noor Mosque, located in Central Christchurch.
A second Mosque in the suburb of Linwood was evacuated, but there were fewer details from that site.
Police also defused “a number of IEDS (explosive devices) attached to vehicles”.
Authorities advised all Mosques in the city to shut down until further notice. Armed Police were also seen at Papanui High School in Christchurch, which was cordoned off.
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