(*)(**)Gunmen entered two mosques and began shooting (***)in New Zealand’s city of Christchurch on Friday with police (****)saying there were many dead.(*****)
(**)Authorities said one suspect was in custody but they were dealing with an “active shooter” situation after a second mosque was targetted. Police said there multiple fatalities.(*****)
(**)Sam Clarke, a reporter with TVNZ, spoke with several people inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque when the shooting began. He told Al Jazeera a man entered with an automatic weapon and began firing.(*****)
(**)”A gunman – dressed in black with a helmet carrying a machine gun – came into the back of the mosque and started firing into the people praying there,” said Clarke.(*****)
(**)Police confirmed a second shooting occurred at the Linwood mosque during Friday prayers in the South Island city, but no details were immediately available.(*****)
(**)”We’re dealing with an evolving situation across multiple sites,” New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a news conference. “This is, and will be, one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”(*****)
(**)(***)Authorities have not described the scale of Friday’s shootings but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors. Police warned worshippers not to visit mosques “anywhere in New Zealand”.(****)(*****)
(*******)2/5 however we can confirm there have been a number of fatalities. Police is currently at a number of scenes. We understand that there will be many anxious people but I can assure New Zealanders that Police is doing all it can to resolve this incident.(*****)
— New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) (********)March (*************************), (********************)(*********)(**********)

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(**)Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.(*****)
(**)He said he also saw the gunman flee before emergency services arrived.(*****)
(**)Peneha said he went into the mosque to try and help. “I saw dead people everywhere.”(*****)
(**)One man in the mosque, with blood stains all over his clothes, said he hid under a bench as the shooting took place. He said about (**********************) people were inside the building. (*****)
(**)Clarke said some managed to escape through windows and doors but “many people had been hit, some as young as (************************)”.  (*****)
(**)About (**************************) to (*************************) people were seen outside the mosque, “some alive, some dead”, he said. (*****)
(**)”It was unbelievable. I saw about (***********************) people, some dead, some screaming,” one eyewitness told local television.(*****)
(**)”I saw on the floor so many bullet shells, hundreds. I saw one guy trying to run out and he was shot dead.”(*****)
(**)There were reports one of shooters livestreamed his attack and left racist literature behind at the scene.(*****)
(**)”Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online,” a police statement said. “We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed.”(*****)
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(**)ESPN Cricinfo reporter Mohammed Isam said members of the Bangladesh cricket team, who are set to play a test match in Christchurch on Saturday, escaped from the mosque.(*****)
(**)Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, was quoted by the New Zealand Herald as saying the team was close to where the shooting occurred, but was safe.(*****)
(**)”The players are shaken up but fine,” Villavarayen was quoted as saying.(*****)
(**)(***)(***)Peneha described the scene at (***)Masjid Al Noor (****)as “(****)unbelievable”. (****)(*****)
(**)(***)”I don’t understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone. It’s ridiculous. I’ve lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they’re very friendly. I just don’t understand it,” he said.(****)(*****)
(**)Muslims account for just one percent of New Zealand’s population, a (*********************) census showed.(*****)
(**)”Many of those who would have been affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand,” Ardern said.(*****)
(**)”They may even be refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home … they are us. The persons who perpetuated this violence against us … have no place in New Zealand.”(*****)
(*******)1/2 A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter.Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high.Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off…(*****)
— New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) (***************)March (*************************), (********************)(*********)(**********)


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