Eyewitness On New Zealand Mosque Shooting: "There Was Blood Everywhere"
New Delhi: In New Zealand's Christchurch, multiple fatalities were inflicted at two mosques, on Friday. The police said that at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers.
According to the witnesses, a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.
The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at the mosque when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters.
The police has taken one person in, however, they were not sure if others were involved.
The people were asked to stay away from mosques.
"As far as we know," the fatalities occurred at two mosques, New Zealand's Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there was no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme violence.
Earlier, the cops had said that they were hunting "an active shooter" in the centre of Christchurch city.
"A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter," New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high."
As per the reports of the media, a gunman opened fire inside mosque in Christchurch's Hagley Park district. There were reports of armed police at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.
The police adviced the people in centre of the city should stay indoors. All Christchurch schools and council buildings have been placed into lockdown.
No immediate comment was made by the police on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby. There is no official confirmation on casualties.
According to the media, shots had been fired near a mosque and a witness told broadcaster One News that he had seen three people lying on the ground, bleeding outside the building.
A witness who was present inside the mosque, told Radio New Zealand that he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".
"Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings. There is never a justification for that sort of hatred," said Amy Adams, a member of parliament from Christchurch.
The cricket team of Bangladesh is currently in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday.
"They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun," Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, told Reuters in a message.
"They are shaken but good."
According to a census conducted in 2013, Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population.
(Inputs from news agencies)