Unidentified gunmen open fired at two mosques in Zealand today. 49 people have died till now and Many are critically injured.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr Jacinda Ardern, announced that 40 people are killed and at least 20 are injured in the incident. However, the death toll has risen after that.
According to a report by the local newspaper The New Zealand Herald, the shooting took place at two mosques. First at the Al Noor mosque, and a second at the Linwood Masjid.
The New Zealand Police announced as soon they came into possession of news:
“A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter. Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high.
Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and indoors until further notice. Christchurch schools will be locked down until further notice.”
New Zealand’s Commission of Police, Mike Bush, said that four people: Three Man and One Woman, have been detained by the police but still there is a threat to the city.
“We have staff around the country making sure everyone is safe, including armed offenders at all mosques,” said the commissioner.
The Queen of New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement on the incident on Friday night (According to New Zealand's time).
"I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.
I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured.”
US President Donald Trump also offered sympathies to the people of New Zealand, calling the incident a horrible massacre.
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!