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

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 6 days ago

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.

- A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder and is due to appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow morning.

- Three people are in custody, but one of these people is not thought to be connected to shootings. 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. 

- 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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