Monday, 25 March, 2019


New Zealand Police Investigating Possible Mass Shooting At Mosque

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident
Bennie Garza | 15 March, 2019, 05:26

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said "a serious and evolving situation was occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter". The gunman is believed to still be at large.

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch.

Members of the Bangladeshi cricket team have escaped a shooting at a mosque near Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

The NZ Herald reported that shots were fired at a mosque close to Hagley Park in the city's central area.

There are reports that six people have been killed, though officials have not confirmed any fatalities.

Mohan Ibrahim described events to the Herald, saying he ran for his life when he heard the shots.

"I heard a big sound of the gun".

"There is a barricade in the middle so if somebody gets inside by using the main door they have to come inside and walk maybe one minute". Lots of people were sitting on the floor. And a second one, I ran.

A mass casualty plan has been activated in the greater Canterbury region, which includes the city of Christchurch. I'm new in Christchurch, I didn't know who to contact.

The Guardian went on to report that Christchurch Hospital was on lockdown - that hospital is located approximately two kilometres from the mosque.

"It was very traumatic there and people were running out from that mosque presumably, and the Bangladesh players were coming out".

Witnesses reported seeing a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit carrying an automatic rifle entering the Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Hagley Park.

Witnesses told local media that several people appeared to be injured inside the building.

The Bangladesh cricket team was in the vicinity of the shooting but all members were safe, a team coach told media.

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

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