Christchurch mosque assault – dwell updates: ‘Many’ useless in taking pictures at a number of mosques in New Zealand

Christchurch mosque attack - live updates: 'Many' dead in shooting at multiple mosques in New Zealand

A gunman has opened hearth on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, inflicting “many” fatalities.

Witnesses described seeing our bodies and “blood in all places” following the assault on the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at about 1.45pm.

Police have but to offer extra data, however the gunman is believed to nonetheless be at massive and there are reviews of a second taking pictures at one other mosque within the Christchurch suburbs.

Movies and paperwork posted on-line, which haven’t been confirmed, seem to counsel that the shooter live-streamed his assault on Fb and shared a “manifesto” on social media.

Comply with the most recent developments in our dwell weblog under.


This graphic from AFP reveals the relative places of the Al Noor mosque – the place the deadliest taking pictures occurred – and the Linwood mosque – the place Friday prayer-goers returned hearth on a shooter.



With a web based manifesto claiming the shooter was a 28-year-old Australian man, police in Queensland, Australia say they’re concerned within the Christchurch operation through counter-terrorism intelligence sharing channels.


Queensland Police stated on Twitter that they had been conscious “that at occasions like this there may be heightened concern in sure communities for backlash”. “It is rather vital that individuals in Queensland know they will go about their each day enterprise, their prayers, their spiritual providers with none concern,” the power stated. 


Police say that “at this stage we won’t be discussing the offenders’ potential motivations or the causes of this incident”, however did add {that a} request for individuals to keep away from mosques stays in place.


Of their newest assertion, New Zealand Police say they’re nonetheless “treating this incident as ongoing” and urged Christchurch residents to stay indoors.


The police will not be releasing a dying toll “at this stage”, the assertion stated.


“We are able to affirm there have been numerous fatalities. We can’t at this stage affirm the exact quantity however it’s important,” police stated.


New Zealand police say they are not conscious of different suspects past four arrested after mosque shootings however cannot be sure.


And individually, a lockdown on colleges within the wider Christchurch space has now been lifted.



New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush stated police have defused numerous improvised explosive units discovered on automobiles after the mosque shootings. 

“There have been a number of reviews of IEDs strapped to automobiles which we had been in a position to safe,” he stated.


New Zealand police say 4 persons are in custody – three males and one lady – over the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.


Some Australian TV channels are sharing video of the dwell stream purportedly recorded by the gunman through the assault.


New Zealand Police have themselves urged individuals to not share the ‘extraordinarily distressing’ scenes.


NZ Police stated in a tweet:



Police have stated they’re investigating social media posts purporting to be from the gunman, together with a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto.


The person who claimed accountability for the taking pictures stated he was 28-year-old white Australian who got here to New Zealand solely to plan and practice for the assault. He stated he was not a member of any group, however had donated to and interacted with many nationalist teams, although he acted alone and no group ordered the assault. 

He stated the mosques in Christchurch and Linwood could be the targets, as would a 3rd mosque within the city of Ashburton if he may make it there. 

He stated he selected New Zealand due to its location, to indicate that even probably the most distant components of the world weren’t freed from “mass immigration.” 




On the scene of the second taking pictures on the Linwood Masjid Mosque, witness Mark Nichols advised the New Zealand Herald he heard about 5 gunshots and {that a} Friday prayer-goer returned hearth with a rifle or shotgun. 

Nichols stated he noticed two injured individuals being carried out on stretchers previous his automotive store and that each individuals seemed to be alive. 


Witness Len Peneha stated he noticed a person wearing black enter the mosque after which heard dozens of photographs, adopted by individuals operating from the mosque in terror. 

Peneha, who lives subsequent door to the mosque, stated the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what seemed to be a semi-automatic weapon in his driveway, and fled. 

Peneha stated he then went into the mosque to try to assist. 

“I noticed useless individuals in all places. There have been three within the hallway, on the door main into the mosque, and folks contained in the mosque,” he stated. “It is unbelievable nutty. I do not perceive how anybody may do that to those individuals, to anybody. It is ridiculous.” 

He stated he helped about 5 individuals get better in his residence. He stated one was barely injured. 

“I’ve lived subsequent door to this mosque for about 5 years and the persons are nice, they’re very pleasant,” he stated. “I simply do not perceive it.” 

He stated the gunman was white and was sporting a helmet with some type of system on high, giving him a military-type look. 



An eyewitness has advised CNN he was inside one mosque when the taking pictures started, and that he heard the gunman “repeatedly taking pictures for ten to 15 minutes”.


Others, together with the New Zealand Herald, are reporting that the assault on Al Noor mosque lasted so long as 20 minutes earlier than the shooter fled.


The New Zealand Herald is reporting that one suspect is believed to be an Australian who has recognized himself on social media and written a manifesto declaring his intentions.

In it, he says the taking pictures “is a terrorist assault”.

There are additionally reviews and video clips being shared on social media that counsel a gunman live-streamed not less than one taking pictures.

Fb and Twitter have reportedly suspended accounts linked to the suspect.  



One suspect is in custody however “there may very well be others concerned,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated a short time in the past.


The Bangladesh cricket crew was arriving for prayers on the Al Noor mosque when the taking pictures occurred however all members had been secure, a crew coach advised Reuters.

The crew is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a 3rd cricket take a look at beginning on Saturday.

“They had been on the bus, which was simply pulling as much as the mosque when the taking pictures started,” Mario Villavarayen, power and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket crew, advised the Reuters information company.

“They’re shaken however good.”


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it’s “one in every of New Zealand’s darkest days.” 

Talking at a information convention, she says that “what has occurred right here is a rare and unprecedented act of violence.” 

She says whereas many individuals affected could also be migrants or refugees “they’ve chosen to make New Zealand their residence and it’s their residence. They’re us. The one who has perpetuated this violence in opposition to us is just not.” 



Police are warning anybody in the entire of New Zealand who might need been considering of going to mosque at the moment to “keep put and shut their doorways”.

Officers have confirmed there are a number of fatalities and one particular person was in custody, however no additional particulars had been instantly out there. 


Welcome to The Impartial’s dwell weblog of the creating scenario in Christchurch, New Zealand, the place a gunman has opened hearth on a mosque inflicting “many” fatalities. This is what we all know thus far:

  • The taking pictures started at Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at 1.45pm
  • Witnesses described seeing a white gunman, wearing black
  • There are “many” deaths, although police have but to explain scale of assault
  • Second taking pictures reviews at one other mosque in Christchurch suburbs

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