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Here’s what we all know

  • 4 individuals have been arrested, together with one girl, after a collection of simultaneous assaults throughout Christchurch
  • A mosque close to Hagley Park has been confirmed as one of many taking pictures websites
  • A number of individuals have been killed and Newshub understands the incident has resulted within the highest demise toll from a gun assault in latest New Zealand historical past
  • Improvised Explosive Units (IEDs) have been discovered hooked up to autos
  • Police stated the general public mustn’t assume the incident is contained to Christchurch and other people in different centres must be on alert
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has known as Friday “one among New Zealand’s darkest days”.
  • All Christchurch colleges have been positioned into pressing lockdown, as have all central council buildings
  • College students on the close by local weather march are protected and are being taken care of, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel informed Newshub

5.56pm – Police say colleges throughout Christchurch are not in lockdown. “We wish to reassure members of the general public that there’s a massive police presence within the metropolis and the security of the group is our precedence.”

5.50pm – Governor-Normal Dame Patsy Reddy says the occasions have shocked all New Zealanders.

“Our hearts exit to the individuals of Christchurch, particularly the individuals instantly affected by this afternoon’s horrible violence. Our ideas are with them, their households and associates. “

“Now greater than ever is the time to affirm the values that we maintain pricey – compassion, kindness and tolerance.”

5.37pm – US police are stepping up patrols round mosques within the wake of the Christchurch assaults.

5.34pm – Police stated the general public mustn’t assume the incident is contained to Christchurch and other people in different centres must be on alert.

5.31pm – 4 individuals are in custody, together with one girl, Police-Commissioner Mike Bush informed media.

There are a number of fatalities.

“At this level I cant say what number of, however it’s vital.”

5.27pm – A witness informed NZME a well-known Muslim native chased the shooters at a second taking pictures at a mosque in Linwood.

He was heard telling cops he was firing in “self defence“.

5.24pm – Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says the taking pictures serves as “a lesson right here from which we should all be taught”. He’s calling it “an awfully, awfully unhappy day” for New Zealand.

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5.10pm – Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‏ and Donald Trump Jr have tweeted concerning the incident.

5.03pm – Fb has activated its security test for individuals in Christchurch to let family and friends know they’re protected. 

5pm– Police say colleges are nonetheless in lockdown and youngsters are being taken care of by faculty employees.

“There isn’t a timeframe at this stage for when the lock down can be lifted. Colleges will talk instantly with mother and father when the lockdown is lifted.”

4.58pm – Christchurch Airport is working as regular.

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4.53pm – NZ Cricket has introduced the remainder of the Bangladesh cricket tour has been cancelled, after the crew narrowly escaped the mosque taking pictures. They had been scheduled to start their third take a look at towards the Blackcaps at close by Hagley Park on Saturday.

4.48pm – The Prime Minister has tweeted an emotional assertion condeming the shooter.

“What has occurred in Christchurch is a rare act of unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand. A lot of these affected can be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their dwelling – they’re us.”

4.37pm – Newshub political reporter Tova O’Brien says Newshub understands it’s the highest demise toll from a gun assault in latest New Zealand historical past.

4.29pm – The Prime Minister’s spokesperson the emergency response system has been activated and all main companies will meet with the Prime Minister in Parliament’s bunker.

4.24pm – Air New Zealand is providing flexibility to its clients booked to journey to or from Christchurch immediately.

The airline will waive any change charges and distinction in fare if a buyer must make modifications to journey booked for immediately.

4.19pm – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has shared his condolences.

4.11pm – Jacinda Ardern has known as immediately “one among New Zealand’s darkest days”.

“The one who has perpetuated this violence will not be one among us.”

“That is an act that has completely no place in New Zealand. This isn’t who we’re.”

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4.04pm – One individual is in custody, nevertheless, police imagine there could also be different offenders. Police have confirmed there have been quite a lot of fatalities and they’re at quite a lot of scenes. 

“We perceive that there can be many anxious individuals however I can guarantee New Zealanders that Police is doing all it may possibly to resolve this incident,” police stated in a press release.

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“We urge New Zealanders to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour instantly to 111.

“We’re mobilising assets nationally and help is being introduced into the District.

“We’re nonetheless working to resolve this incident and we proceed to induce Christchurch resident to remain inside.

“We ask all mosques nationally to close their doorways, and advise that folks chorus from visiting these premises till additional discover.”

3.59pm – Round 300 individuals had been reportedly contained in the mosque for Friday prayers.

3.27pm – An armed guard at Christchurch Hospital has informed Newshub he hasn’t heard of any taking pictures there. The hospital stays in lockdown.

3.50pm – Newshub has been informed from a supply many individuals are lifeless.

3.45pm – The Guardian studies the taking pictures is ongoing.

“Extra photographs have been fired within the final 5 minutes, in keeping with police sources.”

3.40pm – Newshub political editor Tova O’Brien says police have confirmed it was a a number of, simultaneous assault.

3.37pm – Footage from the realm reveals individuals in misery.

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3.33pm – The Guardian is reporting there’s a bomb in a automobile on Strickland St. Their reporter in Christchurch was informed by two cops the bomb is inside a beige Subaru that has crashed three kilometres from the place the shootings happened.

There’s a cordon in place across the automobile.

3:26pm Police have tweeted one other replace on the state of affairs.

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3.24pm – The Prime Minister is about to carry a get up at 4pm

3:21pm Christchurch Metropolis Council is locking down its central metropolis buildings.

3:16pm Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel stated police are actively getting the matter beneath management.

“The message that I actually wish to get out is please steer clear of the central metropolis till additional discover.”

“All council buildings within the central metropolis are in lockdown and the police are requesting all central metropolis constructing house owners to do the identical.”

“We’re taking care of a few of the college students who had been on the local weather rally immediately. They’re protected right here and we are going to preserve them right here till suggested by the police that they will go away.”

“I might have by no means have anticipated something like this may have occurred in Christchurch, I might have by no means like this to occur in New Zealand.”

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“It’s a shock however I believe it’s actually vital that folks keep calm, they steer clear of the central metropolis and to remind people who find themselves in central metropolis constructing, you’re safer contained in the buildings than you’re out.”

3.12pm – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled all her afternoon engagements.

3.03pm – Politicians are tweeting their shock.

 

2.54pm – A caller has informed Newshub: “My uncle simply informed me… he was the final individual to get out of the mosque, and he informed me his shirt is filled with blood. He is not injured however he has seen many individuals mendacity on the bottom and is saying so many would have died.”

2.52pm – Christchurch Hospital and Outpatients is in lock-down. The general public mustn’t attend Christchurch Hospital except it’s an emergency.

2.47pm – Stories of six individuals lifeless, three vital and three critical. Shootings are thought to have occurred at two separate mosques.

2.42pm– All colleges in Christchurch have been positioned into lockdown. Stories of six individuals lifeless.

2.35pm– A witness has informed Newshub they heard gunshots, and tried to provide CPR to an individual, however they died.

1.40pm – Police are attending an “evolving incident” close to a mosque in Christchurch.

Armed police have been deployed, after studies of photographs fired in central Christchurch at 1.40pm.

They’re urging anybody in central Christchurch to remain indoors and report any suspicious exercise.

Christchurch Ladies College is in lockdown in response to the armed attacker.

“I might hear an entire bunch of popping, I assumed it was fireworks,” stated Christchurch resident Alex Hill.

“Somebody stated they counted 29 [shots,]” he informed Newshub.

One other man informed Magic Discuss he noticed individuals working out of the mosque, and that he had seen a person in navy gear with a excessive powered gun.

“I heard what I assumed was an actual loud backfire of a automobile,” the person informed Magic Discuss.

“And the following minute I turned to my proper and simply noticed individuals working out of the mosque, and clearly simply a few extra photographs and a woman fell over after which a man in full navy gear with what regarded like a very excessive powered gun pointing down the street firing”

“Full camo gear and he did not appear like he had a care on the earth”

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