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Live: Forty-nine people dead after shootings at mosques in central Christchurch

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 15/3/2019

The death toll has risen to 49 after the terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch today, police have confirmed.

Key points:

  • There have been two attacks - at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park, and at the Linwood Masjid Mosque in the suburb of Linwood.
  • Forty-nine people have died, police has confirmed. At least 10 died at the Linwood mosque and 30 at the Dean Ave mosque.
  • One person has been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow.
  • Three people are in custody, but police warn there could be more offenders. The PM said those in custody were not on any security watch lists.
  • Canterbury DHB says 48 patients with gunshot wounds are being treated at Christchurch Hospital.
  • PM Jacinda Ardern has described it as a terrorist attack.
  • The national security threat level has been increased from low to high for the first time in NZ's history.
  • Commissioner Bush said there were a number of explosive devices attached to vehicles that were stopped by police and these have been made safe by Defence Force personnel.
  • Mr Bush said weapons have been found near the mosques were the shooting occurred
  • An eyewitness described seeing a man wearing a helmet and glasses and a military style jacket opening fire inside one of the mosques with an automatic weapon.
  • All Christchurch schools, Christchurch Hospital and Christchurch City Council buildings were placed into lockdown. The schools have now been cleared to lift the lockdown.
  • Multiple roads in the city, including Blenheim Rd, Moorhouse Ave and Brougham St, were closed.
  • Police have told mosques nationwide to shut their doors until further notice.
  • The third cricket Test between Bangladesh and NZ - due to start in Christchurch tomorrow - has been cancelled.

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