'Unprecedented act of violence': New Zealand mosque terror attack in pics

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 40 killed, more than 20 seriously wounded

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.


'Stay away from the mosques'

New Zealand's Police Commissioner Mike Bush warned the civilians to stay away from the mosques.

Police said earlier they were hunting 'an active shooter' in the centre of Christchurch city.


'Serious and evolving situation occurring in Christchurch'

'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.'


Bangladesh Test cricket canceled

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.


Blood everywhere

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


Unprecedented act of violence: PM Jacinda Ardern

'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)