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New Zealand

Armed police secure mosques nationwide amid fears attack not isolated

Newshub logoNewshub 15/03/2019 Breanna Barraclough, Dave Goosselink

Armed police are standing guard at various mosques around the country after a series of attacks in Christchurch.

Four people have been arrested after the simultaneous attacks at Linwood and Hagley mosques, with improvised explosive devices also discovered and disabled.

Forty people have been confirmed dead by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with many more injured.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush earlier described fatalities as "significant".

Bush told media they weren't treating the incidents as isolated, with fears other regions could be targeted as well.

At Dunedin's Al Huda mosque, armed police have been stationed at the entrance since mid-afternoon.

a group of people walking in front of a car © Newshub. Members of the armed offenders squad were also seen searching outside and inside the mosque during the afternoon.

Another raid took place in Somerville St, Waverley, with reports that search may relate to a vehicle connected to the Christchurch incidents - however, police are yet to confirm that.

The mosque is situated in the student district, in Clyde St, with many young university students living nearby.

Students told Newshub they're concerned for their own safety and are staying indoors.

The Otago Muslim Association has urged the Muslim community to stay calm and be extra vigilant.

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