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WorldShots fired at New Zealand mosque, some casualties, witness tells media

04:10  15 march  2019
04:10  15 march  2019 Source:   reuters.com

White House condemns 'vicious act of hate' in New Zealand mosque attacks

White House condemns 'vicious act of hate' in New Zealand mosque attacks The White House on Friday condemned the mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left at least 49 people dead. "The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Friday morning. She continued, "We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate.

Police are responding to what appears to be a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand . One witness reports a man entered the building with an automatic rifle and shot several people. Subscribe to RT newsletter to get stories the mainstream media won’t tell you.

A man came in to the mosque near Christchurch's Hagley Park with an automatic rifle and shot people, a witness says. 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 .

Shots fired at New Zealand mosque, some casualties, witness tells media © 2019 HERE/Microsoft Christchurch, New Zealand WELLINGTON, March 15 (Reuters) - New Zealand police deployed armed officers in central Christchurch on Friday after reports that several shots had been fired, police said, and witnesses at a mosque told media of several casualties.

People in center of the city should stay indoors, police said.

Police officials did not immediately comment on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby. There is no official confirmation on casualties.

Media said shots had been fired near a mosque and a witness told broadcaster One News that he had seen three people lying on the ground, bleeding outside the building.

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere."

"Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings. There is never a justification for that sort of hatred," said Amy Adams, a member of parliament from Christchurch.

(Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield and Praveen Menon Editing by Robert Birsel)

Amy Klobuchar after New Zealand attack: Trump's 'rhetoric doesn't help'.
Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said President Donald Trump's rhetoric exacerbated tensions and called for him to condemn bigotry against Muslims. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "I don't think you can actually take each of the murderous acts and say what role Donald Trump played, but I can tell you this: his rhetoric doesn't help," Klobuchar said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

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