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New Zealand: Gun Men Open Fires At Crowded Mosque,Several Dead; Police Says ‘Gunman Still Active’

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| March 15 , 2019 , 11:28 IST

A gunman opened fire at a crowded mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, during afternoon prayers on Friday. The police have confirmed shootings at "two locations."

They have warned worshippers not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand". Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reacted to the attack, saying the country was enduring one of its darkest days.

Local media reported up six people were dead and the South Island city was placed in lockdown as police hunted for an "active shooter."

 police said in a statement that "A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter," police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high."

The Masjid al Noor was filled with worshippers, including members of the Bangladesh cricket team. One witness, who was praying in the Deans Ave mosque when he heard shooting and saw his wife lying dead on the footpath outside when he fled.

Another man said he saw children being shot "There were bodies all over me," he said an eyewitness told Radio New Zealand he heard shots fired and four people were lying on the ground, with "blood everywhere."

Police commissioner Mike Bush said all schools in the city had been placed in lockdown in response to "a serious ongoing firearms incident Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behaviour," he said in a statement.Central city buildings, including the Civic Offices and Central Library, were also locked down. The city council offered a helpline for parents looking for kids attending a mass climate change rally nearby.

"Please do not try and come and collect your children until police say it is safe for people to come into the central city," they said.

There was no official information on casualties but a Bangladesh cricket team spokesman said none of the players were hurt they are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel."

He said the attack happened as some of Bangladesh players disembarked from a team bus and was about to enter the mosque he said most of the players went to the mosque.

He said Bangladesh cricket board is in contact with New Zealand cricket authorities and would take the further decisions after consultation.

kushal kumar

In major worrisome mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch , NewZealand on 15 March 2019 , 49 persons are reported to have been killed and over 20 injured. The police have arrested some persons and investigation is continuing. The Govt version is that it was a terrorist attack. Obviously , the tragedy has sent shock waves across the world. In this connection , it is apt to bring out here this Vedic astrology writer’s predictive alert for more care and appropriate strategy through article “ Is war involving vulnerable countries across the world likely in February and March 2019 - A vedic astrology view” brought to public domain last year from 21 to 28 November in 2018. One of the predictive alerts had said that a country whose name begins with letter “ N” may do well to have more care and appropriate strategy during first three months of 2019 , more so in February –March against such worrisome substances or situations as fire , gas , chemical , venom , explosives and the like. It was also added that it may also be alright to keep a watchful eye on social or communal concerns where vulnerable. It seems the alert was somewhere indicative.