A mass shooting has taken place in two mosques in Christchurch, a city in New Zealand. Police say three men and one woman have been arrested and taken into custody over the attacks.
40 persons have been killed with at least 20 injured in the attacks.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush has advised the Islamic community to stay away from places of worship because they “cannot presume that the danger is gone.”
A witness who did not want to be named said:
“I turned to open the door to the toilet and they started firing and I said ‘what was going on’ and they just keep firing and firing.
“I smash the window and the firing just keep going.
Another witness said he prayed that the gunman would “run out of bullets.”
“I was thinking that he must run out bullets you know, so what I did was basically waiting and praying to God, oh God please let this guy run out of bullets,” he said.
According to a tweeter user, one of the shooters livestreamed the whole attack on Facebook.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the attacks were well planned and that the country was targeted because of its strong multicultural values.
“We were chosen (because) we represent diversity, kindness compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it and those values, I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack,” she said.
She also revealed that improvised explosive devices were found attached to the gunmen’s cars at the scene of the attacks.