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WorldChristchurch mosque shooting sees armed police deployed and schools in lockdown; up to a dozen injured

05:00  15 march  2019
05:00  15 march  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Six people have reportedly been killed in Christchurch shootings near mosque

Six people have reportedly been killed in Christchurch shootings near mosque Armed police have been deployed, after reports of shots fired in central Christchurch at 1.40pm (local time).

An armed police officer stands outside the Christchurch Mosque on Deans Ave following the shooting . A person inside Christchurch Hospital The city's justice and emergency services precinct was placed in lockdown about 2.20pm with a warning on the public address system that staff and

Approximately 20 armed police are clearing buildings nearby, while all schools in the area have been placed into lockdown . No students will be released until In response to a serious ongoing incident we're locking down number of central city buildings, including the Civic Offices and Central Library

Christchurch mosque shooting sees armed police deployed and schools in lockdown; up to a dozen injured© AAP Images Christchurch mosque shooting sees armed police deployed and schools in lockdown; up to a dozen injured

There are reports up to a dozen people have been injured in a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Police have confirmed they are responding to a "critical incident".

All Christchurch schools are in lockdown and witnesses have reported multiple injuries.

The mosque was reportedly busy due to Friday prayers.

People in central Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to authorities.

New Zealand's Prime Minister is expected to speak shortly.

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Christchurch schools will be locked down until further notice. " Police thanks the public for their cooperation and will provide further updates to keep residents Armed police can be seen on central Christchurch streets. A person shared this post to a Christchurch parents Facebook page.

The country’s police commissioner, Mike Bush, said all Christchurch schools have been put in lockdown , and residents of the city were urged to stay indoors. The police would not confirm reports that people had been injured or killed, and would also not confirm the location of the shooting .

A witness interviewed on TVNZ said a man carrying a gun entered the Masjid al-Noor mosque about 1:45pm (local time).

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Gunshots have been heard near the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch , New Zealand, local media report, as police warn of a "critical incident". Christchurch hospital and all of the city's schools have been placed on lockdown . Eyewitnesses have reported running for their lives to escape a shooter .

"I heard a big sound of the gun. And a second one, I ran. Lots of people were sitting on the floor. I ran behind the mosque," he said.

Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch about 1:45pm and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.

Mr Peneha, who has lived next door to the mosque for about five years, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in his driveway, and fled.

Mr Peneha said he then went into the mosque to try and help.

"I saw dead people everywhere. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque," he said.

"It's unbelievable nutty. I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone. It's ridiculous."

Janine Richmond, who lives nearby the mosque and is in the lockdown zone, said she heard about 20 gunshots.

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Christchurch schools are in lockdown and people told to stay inside. An armed police officer stands outside the Christchurch Mosque on Deans Ave following the shooting . A man came in to the mosque near Christchurch 's Hagley Park with an automatic rifle and shot people, a witness says.

Police are responding to a serious ongoing firearms incident in the city of Police have responded to reports of a mass shooting at the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch on Friday afternoon, with reports of The city has been placed in lockdown , with schools and public buildings closed, and

"It started off quite slowly and then got very rapid," she told NZ media.

Another witness interviewed on TVNZ said he saw a man carrying a gun enter the mosque.

"I heard a big sound of the gun. And a second one, I ran. Lots of people were sitting on the floor. I ran behind the mosque," he said.

TVNZ showed pictures of injured people being taken into a local hospital on stretchers.

Shrinivas Chandrasekaran, an analyst with the Bangladeshi cricket team currently touring in Christchurch, said the entire Test team had been at the mosque at the time of the attack.

"Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers," Mr Chandrasekaran wrote.

An ESPN cricket reporter shared vision of the team walking quickly through a park.

People in central Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to authorities.

New Zealand's Prime Minister is expected to speak shortly.

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