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Witness says many dead in New Zealand mosque shooting; police say shooter active

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Mar 14, 2019 10:28 PM 1+ week ago

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- At least one gunman targeted two crowded mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch and killed "multiple" people Friday, police said, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing the shooting as "one of New Zealand's darkest days."

The mosques were packed with worshipers gathering for Friday afternoon prayers, and members of the Bangladesh cricket team were arriving when the shooter opened fire.

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

Police said there were "multiple fatalities" at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, calling the events "very serious and tragic" and warning the shooter was still considered active.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush also called on people not to go to mosques anywhere in the country on Friday. "Close your doors until you hear from us again," he warned, promising that the full resources of the force were being ...

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