50 Dead As Terrorists Storm Mosques In New Zealand
50 worshipers are reported dead and more than 20 seriously injured after two white men stormed two mosques in New Zealand’s city of Christchurch.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference that the mosque shootings appear to have been a well-planned “terrorist attack”.
“This is, and will be, one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” an ashen-faced Ardern said.
The prime minister also said two explosive devices attached to suspect vehicles were found and have been disarmed.
The two known targets were the Masjid Al Noor in central Christchurch, and a second mosque in suburban Linwood.
“A gunman – dressed in black with a helmet carrying a machine gun – came into the back of the mosque and started firing into the people praying there,” said Clarke. It was later confirmed that 30 worshippers were killed at the mosque, including women and children.
Police also confirmed that 10 people have been killed at the Linwood mosque during Friday prayers.
Two mosques have been attacked in New Zealand by gunmen resulting in a ‘number of fatalities’. Police have arrested four suspects – 3 men and a woman.