Scores dead in New Zealand mosque shootings

Mar 15, 2019, 1:54 AM EDT

Many people have been killed in the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch, after a gunman sprayed worshippers with bullets during Friday prayers. As a precautionary measure, city authorities have advised all mosques to shut down while schools have been placed on lockdown.

An unnamed survivor said that the ghastly attack lasted for about 20 minutes and as many as 60 people may have been injured, writes the BBC. Addressing the nation after “the unprecedented act of violence,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “..this will be one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

The gunman clad in a “military-style, camouflage outfit” entered the Al Noor mosque and opened indiscriminate firing, reports Reuters. Police have detained four people — three men and a woman — with a manhunt underway for “an active shooter.” A video footage, reportedly from the camera strapped onto the attacker’s body, has surfaced on the Internet.

The Bangladesh national cricket team, which was on its way to the mosque where the shooting took place, escaped unhurt.