Several people were killed and others were injured when at least one gunman opened fire on Friday afternoon at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, south of New Zealand. Police have arrested a suspect, but authorities believe other people are involved in the shooting, the police said.
New Zealand police discovered homemade explosive devices and arrested four people who were reported to be involved in the shootings. “Four people are in custody, three men and one woman,” police chief Mike Bush said. According to the commissioner, the New Zealand military has also defused explosive devices that were found in the vehicles of the suspects.
At least 49 people were reported killed and others injured when gunmen opened fire in two mosques in the city of Christchurch during Friday prayers. Police have called on the faithful to avoid mosques “everywhere in New Zealand”, while claiming that it “meets the maximum of its capacity to face the situation, but the risks remain extremely high”. According to the local press, all schools and the city’s hospital had been cordoned off.