An incident of horror took place in New Zealand’s Christchurch on Friday afternoon when some gunmen opened fire at the people offering prayers at two mosques. Going by CNN’s report, the attack lasted for 10 to 15 minutes and resulted in multiple deaths and casualties.
- According to reports, the gunmen were wearing black attires and helmets.
- The two mosques that were attacked are Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre.
- There were at least 100 people present in the two mosques at the time of shooting.
- The gunmen managed to flee before the police arrived.
- One of the mass shooters even live-streamed a major part of their attack on Facebook.
- He identified himself as 28-year-old Australia-born Brenton Tarrant.
- The police have arrested four suspects which includes three men and a woman.
- The police have also found explosives attached to cars in the city.
- The Bangladesh Cricket team is currently in New Zealand for an ODI and a Test series against the Kiwis.
- The players were very close to the mosques when the shooting took place.
- According to Bangladesh Cricket Board President, Jalal Yunus, the players were about to enter the mosque when it happened.
- Jalal Yunus said:
“They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel.”
- The good news is that the players returned to the hotel safely.
- The third test between Bangladesh and New Zealand scheduled at the Hagley Oval has now been
- ESPN’s Bangladesh correspondent Mohammad Isam said:
“They were just outside the mosque about to get off from the bus and go into the mosque when they heard shooting and a lot of people running out and they saw someone wounded in front of them.”
“And seeing that, they didn’t get off the bus. About 10 minutes later they ran out of the bus and ran through Hagley Park and into the Hagley Oval.”
- Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal labeled the incident as a ‘frightening’ experience on Twitter.
- New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern held a press conference and said that this was “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.
- She also offered her prayers to the people and their families affected by the attack.
“What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence. For now my thoughts and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who have been affected their families.”
Our prayers are with the people affected by the attack. Time to stay strong.