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New Zealand mosque attack: Shootings took place at 'two locations', says police

Shooting at Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand ; witness says "many dead, injured" Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team Christchurch, New Zealand Mar 15, 2019, 08.56 AM (IST)

New Zealand police confirmed that shootings took place at "two locations" during the mosque attack at Christchurch on Friday.

The police added that there were "multiple fatalities" in the mosque shooting. The New Zealand police also informed that one person has been taken into custody and added that "there may be other offenders".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said may be "other offenders" were involved in the Christchurch shootings. PM Ardern added that the country was "enduring one of its darkest days".

Police have warned worshippers not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand".

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As reports of the attack came in, Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said team were bussed to the mosque in Christchurch and were about to go inside when the incident happened.

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"They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel," the coach said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand police said they were hunting for "an active shooter" in the centre of Christchurch city.

Media reported that a gunman opened fire inside a mosque in Christchurch's Hagley Park district. There were reports of armed police at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

All Christchurch schools and council buildings have been lockdown.