'Active shooter' situation in New Zealand during mosque attack

Ambulances arrive at the scene of a terror attack in New Zealand when a gunmen fired at worshippers during Friday prayer on 15 March 2019

Witnesses spoke of seeing bloodied bodies, with children also believed to be among the dead, and police warned of "extremely distressing footage" of the incident circulating on the internet.

Speaking to media after police had confirmed that one man was in custody following mass shootings at two mosques in the South Island city, Ardern said those responsible "have no place in New Zealand".

An estimated 300 people were inside the mosque for Friday prayers, including members of the touring Bangladesh cricket team, who all escaped unhurt.

Reports suggest that a bomb had also been located in a auto as well as the city's hospital being on lockdown.

"The multiple fatalities are, as far as we know, at two locations", he said.

"Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings".

"It is clear that this is one of New Zealand's darkest days", she said. It was an unprecedented act of violence.

Peneha, who has lived next door to the mosque for about five years, said the gunman ran outside, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in Peneha's driveway, and fled before emergency services arrived.

A taxi driver in Deans Ave told Newstalk ZB that a jogger in the park said shots had been fired inside the mosque. The deadliest in modern history occurred in the small town of Aramoana in 1990, when gunman David Gray shot and killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor. They were at the ground (Hagley Oval) and just started running. "Some were covered in blood".

"I saw dead people everywhere", Peneha told AP.

Meanwhile, Former FBC journalist Roland Koroi, says they have been instructed by police to stay indoors.

The police officer said there had been an incident and students should go straight home.

Ms Ardern said her thoughts were with the people of Christchurch who are still dealing with an unfolding situation, and urged people to stay indoors.

Christchurch City Council tweeted that it was locking down a "number of central city buildings, including the Civic Offices and Central Library".

Commissioner Bush said every police resource in the Canterbury region had been mobilised.

Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team said the team was close to where the shooting occurred, but was safe.

He said he considered it a terrorist attack.

The gunman in New Zealand had "for Rotterham" written on his rifle magazine together with names of other mass shooters.

The manifesto, posted on social media, claims New Zealand was not the original choice for the attack.

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