Armed police preserve a presence exterior the Masijd Ayesha Mosque in Manurewa in Auckland, New Zealand. Residents have been urged to not attend night prayers as we speak following the terrorist assaults that killed 40 in two mosques in Christchurch.
The attackers, not less than one in all whom has been recognized as Australian, struck in opposition to two mosques in Christchurch, a metropolis of 375,000 on New Zealand’s much less populated South Island. Ten individuals had been killed within the assault on the Linwood Avenue mosque and 30 had been killed on the Deans Avenue mosque.
Replace at 1 AM PT: Authorities now report the variety of lifeless at 49.
One 28-year-old particular person has been charged with homicide and can seem in court docket Saturday morning New Zealand time. The police are nonetheless investigating the different three who had been arrested.
Here’s what we all know:
 individuals have been killed in Christchurch, in line with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in what she describes as a “terrorist assault”
Forty-eight sufferers, together with kids, are being handled in Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds starting from minor to crucial
New Zealand’s nationwide safety menace degree has been lifted from low to excessive
4 individuals have been arrested, together with one lady, after a collection of simultaneous assaults throughout Christchurch
One of many shooters has been confirmed as an Australian citizen by Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison
The 4 people in custody weren’t on any watchlist
A mosque on Deans Ave and one other on Linwood Ave have been confirmed as capturing websites. These websites stay locked down
Improvised Explosive Units (IEDs) had been discovered connected to automobiles however they’ve since bee[n] disabled
Police stated the general public shouldn’t assume the incident is contained to Christchurch and other people in different centres ought to be on alert
Different sources have given varied counts for the quantity injured, the least being 20.
Anna Coren of CNN reported that a couple of presumably wounded individuals lay nonetheless on the bottom with the obvious hope the killers would overlook about them, however, after getting extra ammunition from a automotive, one killer shot every of them to loss of life at level clean vary. One of many killers used a physique cam to dwell stream the shootings. Social media websites have been eradicating the video.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated:
“One has publicly said that they had been Australian-born. These are individuals who I might describe as having extremist views that completely no place in New Zealand and no place on the earth.”
Ardern stated she couldn’t rule out that there may very well be extra suspects. New Zealand’s nationwide safety menace degree has been lifted from low to excessive.
Shortly after the slaughter, in a pitch-perfect response, Ardern stated:
A lot of those that can have been immediately affected by this capturing could also be migrants to New Zealand, they could even be refugees right here. They’ve chosen to make New Zealand their dwelling, and it’s their dwelling.
They’re us. The one that has perpetuated this violence in opposition to us will not be. They haven’t any place in New Zealand. There isn’t any place in New Zealand for such acts of utmost and unprecedented violence, which it’s clear this act was.
For now, my ideas, and I’m positive the ideas of all New Zealanders, are with those that have been affected, and likewise with their households.