Friday afternoon in order to twenty two local time there were messages on firing in the Al Noor mosque in the centre of Christchurch, a city of 350,000 inhabitants, on the south Island of New Zealand, while believers, were busy with the prayer. Armed policemen arrived on the spot and convert the area around the mosque. All government buildings were in “lockdown”. Schools, the town hall, the municipal library and museums were the rest of the afternoon sealed off from the outside world. The population was called on to stay inside.
According to eyewitnesses involved a single shooter who have a black helmet and a bullet proof vest wore. He came with a gun to the mosque and shot there till twenty minutes to go. Some people speak of up to 100 shots. In the shooting would have different people to life. There are currently no official figures, but the local media speak of at least thirty dead. At least thirty people were injured to the hospital.Comment premier: “One of the darkest days ever for New Zealand”
During a press conference speaks to prime minister Jacinda Ardern of “one of the darkest days in the history of New Zealand”. They confirmed the arrest of one suspect, but the police has reasons to believe that there are accomplices in the game. The kloptocht so forth. About the number of victims and further details of the attack, she wants nothing lost because there is still information missing. Meanwhile, four people arrested, three men and a woman.
Ardern says that there is no place in their society for such criminals. For the victims, among them migrants, and perhaps also refugees, however, instead, she emphasizes. There is no difference between them and us. “They are us”, it sounds. “New Zealand is their home. These people would be here, should be safe,” said the premier.