New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern made a press release following a coordinated assault on two mosques within the space of Christchurch, Canterbury.
The assaults, which started unfolding Friday afternoon at 1:40 p.m. native time, left a number of folks lifeless at two areas, although police solely have one individual in custody.
“While I can not give any affirmation at this stage round fatalities and casualties, what I can say is that it’s clear that that is one among New Zealand’s darkest days,” the prime minister said.
Ardern described the assault as “a rare and unprecedented act of violence.”
She mentioned that these on the mosque had the fitting to train their spiritual freedom. She continued that whereas they might be migrants to New Zealand, even perhaps refugees, that they had chosen to make New Zealand their residence.
“They’re us. The one who has perpetuated this violence towards us shouldn’t be,” she mentioned. “They haven’t any place in New Zealand. There is no such thing as a place in New Zealand for such acts of maximum and unprecedented violence, which it’s clear this act was.”
She added that her ideas have been with the folks of New Zealand and all those that have been affected by the tragedy.
“My ideas additionally to these in Christchurch, who’re nonetheless coping with an unfolding scenario. The recommendation from police continues to be that individuals stay indoors. I acknowledge that which will imply that some households are separated, however please proceed to hear out for info because it involves gentle that’s been immediately supplied by the New Zealand Police with additional info,” she mentioned.
Police haven’t confirmed a selected variety of casualties however are warning folks to remain indoors till the scenario has resolved and to report any suspicious info to police. The areas surrounding Christchurch stay in lockdown.
Ardern will fly to Wellington instantly and will probably be assembly with regulation enforcement officers as quickly as she lands. The Christchurch Hospital will probably be devoted to be treating these injured within the incident.
Media reported gunman opened fireplace inside a mosque in Christchurch’s Hagley Park district.
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Radio New Zealand quoted a witness contained in the Al Noor mosque saying he heard photographs fired and at the least 4 folks have been mendacity on the bottom and “there was blood all over the place.”
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