at Least 40 people have lost their lives, and more than 20 people are seriously injured after gunfire at two mosques in New Zealand.
this was stated by The prime minister Jacinda Ardern at a news conference.
- This can only be described as a terrorist attack, she says at the press conference.
30 people were killed in the al-Noor mosque in the western part of the city, where the first attack took place, and 10 people have been killed in a mosque in the district of Linwood.
al-Noor mosque, where at least 30 people were killed. Photo: Martin Hunter/SNPA/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix
Four people have been arrested. Three of them were arrested directly in relation to the shootings, while a fourth was arrested elsewhere. According to the prime minister was none of those arrested in the police spotlight.
- It is not a question that someone has slipped under the radar, she says.
She says at the same time, it is clear that the attack has been planned for a while. New Zealand's defence after the shooting defused two bombs in the perpetrators ' cars.