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Mass shootings in New Zealand: What we know so far

A number of people have died in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers in New Zealand.

Here is what we know so far:

:: Two mosques in Christchurch were targeted, with the deadliest shooting unfolding at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in the city centre.

:: The number of those killed and injured is currently unclear.

Ambulances rush to the scene of mass shootings in Christchurch
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The shooting happened on Friday afternoon

:: Witnesses said the shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque lasted for 20 minutes, with the gunman going from room to room.

:: Three men and one woman are in custody, and police say there may be other attackers at large.

Police direct traffic at a road junction following the shootings
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Police direct traffic at a road junction following the shootings

:: Schools are in lockdown across Christchurch and mosques nationally have been told to shut their doors. Armed police have been deployed across the city centre.

:: A number of improvised explosive devices strapped to vehicles have been made safe.







PM: ‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’

:: Footage on social media appears to show the gunman live-streaming as he entered the mosque with his weapon drawn.

:: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said it is “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.

The Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch. Pic: Google Street View
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The Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch. Pic: Google Street View

:: Bangladesh’s cricket team was approaching the mosque for Friday prayers at the time of the shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque.

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