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New Zealand: Dead and wounded in attacks on mosques

In attacks on mosques in the new Zealand city of Christchurch came several people have been killed. In the case of offenders, it should be a right-wing Australians, as Australia's head of government, Morrison said. He spoke of an act of terrorism.

In the case of an armed attack on mosques in Christchurch, new Zealand it has given according to official information, a "significant number" of dead and injured. On the vehicles of the attackers with explosives were found, which had been defused by the army. There were taken four persons.

new Zealand media languages of attacks with firearms during the Friday prayers. They reported a minimum of nine to 27 deaths and numerous injuries. The police have not confirmed that number yet.

Morrison speaks of act of terrorism

In the case of offenders, it should be a right-wing Australians, said the head of government, Scott Morrison. The attack was committed by an "extremist, right-wing, violent terrorists".

The police are not called on the population to go outside. The centre of Christchurch has been cordoned off. The students in the city were confined to their classrooms, do not leave. All of the mosques were called to close for safety reasons.

"Under no circumstances in a mosque

The location was also after hours unclear. Police spokesman for Bush said in a Video message that was posted on the social networks, from a "very serious and tragic series of events". At the same time, he appealed to all Muslims in new Zealand, to stay at home. "Under no circumstances should anyone go in the country now to a mosque." In the case of the detained were three men and a woman.

people stand in front of a mosque in Christchurch, in which the attacker is said to have shot and killed several worshippers during the Friday prayer.

The city closed because of the unclear situation, all state-owned buildings. In addition to schools, the town hall, the municipal library and museums were closed. Christchurch has 350,000 inhabitants and is located on the South island of the Pacific state.

an eye-witness reported that a semi-automatic weapon

eyewitness Len Peneha said he saw a black-clad man who entered the mosque Masdschid al-Noor, then he heard gunshots, and people were in a panic, ran out of the mosque.

The attacker had left the mosque, and then have something looking like a semi-automatic weapon, dropped. Peneha who lives since five years in addition to the mosque, said he was then went in the mosque to help. "I have seen dead people," he said. "Three of them were in the corridor at the entrance to the mosque, and there were people in the mosque."

"One of the darkest days in new Zealand"

The "New Zealand Herald" reported in another attack, also in Christchurch. In the Linwood Masdschid mosque, as well as shots had fallen. A witness, Mark Nichols, told the newspaper that he had listened to for about five shots, and that a visitor to the Friday prayers, the shots have returned. He had seen two of the wounded, were brought to Bear on his business by.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardem spoke of "one of the darkest days in new Zealand". You'll head immediately to Christchurch.

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Lena Bodewein, ARD Singapore
15.03.2019 06:51 PM

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