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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it’s ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’ after multiple fatalities at 2 mosques

Multiple fatalities were inflicted at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers.

world Updated: Mar 15, 2019 15:13 IST
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it’s ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’ after multiple fatalities at 2 mosques.(Bloomberg)

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it’s ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’ after multiple fatalities at 2 mosques.

Multiple fatalities were inflicted at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers, police said.

Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.

The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at the mosque when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters.

Police said they had one person in custody but they were not sure if others were involved.

Police advised people to stay away from mosques.

“As far as we know,” the fatalities occurred at two mosques,New Zealand’s Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

First Published: Mar 15, 2019 09:29 IST