Christchurch: Several dead in attack on mosque in New Zealand

An armed man, according to eyewitnesses, shot at visitors to a packed mosque in Christchurch. Several people were killed.

In an attack on a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, an armed man killed several people, police said. One person was taken into custody. There may be other attackers, the authorities said. The police are in several places in the city. All schools in the city were sealed off. The police in the city center appealed to people not to walk on the streets.

According to eyewitness reports, a man fired at around 1.45 pm during Friday prayer in the packed mosque. The New Zealand online news portal Stuff reported at least nine deaths. At the time of the act, hundreds of people were supposed to have been in the church. According to eyewitness reports, the culprit wore a helmet and a bulletproof vest.

Christchurch lies on the South Island of the Pacific State. The city has about 350,000 inhabitants. The situation there was also very confusing hours after the attack. Police spokesman Mike Bush said, "There is a serious situation that is still evolving, we have an active shooter." Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a statement.

ref: zeit

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