49 killed in terror attack at New Zealand mosques. Mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch killed 49 people on what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.
Authorities have detained four people and defused explosive devices in what appeared to be a carefully planned attack.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police were not aware of other suspects beyond the four who were detained but they could not be certain.“The attackers were apprehended by local police staff. There have been some absolute acts of bravery,” Mr Bush said.“I’m hugely proud of our police staff, the way they responded to this. But let’s not presume the danger is gone.”Mr Bush said the defence force had defused a number of improvised explosive devices that were attached to vehicles stopped after the attacks.
He said anybody who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand on Friday should stay put.
The deadliest attack occurred at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch.
Ms Arden said 30 people were killed there. There was a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque that Ms Ardern said killed 10 people.
Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald he heard about five gunshots and that a Friday prayer-goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.
Mr Nichols said he saw two injured people being carried out on stretchers and that both people appeared to be alive.The man who claimed responsibility for the shooting said he came to New Zealand only to plan and train for the attack.
He said he was not a member of any organisation, but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.