A gunman in New Zealand opened fire on Friday prayers at a mosque, killing many worshippers and forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown.
Over forty people were killed and more than 20 were seriously wounded in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch on Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Ardern said New Zealand had been placed on its highest security threat level.
She also added that four people with extremist views were in police custody.
'A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,' New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
'Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high.'
The Bangladesh cricket team was in Christchurch to play with New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday.
After the attack, the cricket Test was canceled.
Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team were bussed to the mosque in Christchurch and were about to go inside when the incident happened.
'This is one of New Zealand's darkest days,' said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. 'Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.'
Ardern said New Zealand had been placed on its highest security threat level. She said four people in police custody held extremist views but had not been on any police watchlists.
(All text from Reuters)