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New Zealand: ‘It is a terrorist attack’, says suspected gunman in written manifesto

picture credits: New Zealand Herald

At least 30 people have been killed in a mass shooting in two mosques in Christchurch and the cops have arrested four people- three men and one woman, reported the New Zealand Herald. 

The report said that a number of IEDs that were attached to vehicles in Christchurch have been defused by the Defence Force.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said “there have been some absolute acts of bravery” in the arrests of the four attackers adding that there were multiple casualties – a “significant” amount.

“We don’t have the identities of those who have died yet because those places are in lockdown.” He said he would not assume there aren’t other attackers.

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The lock down of schools throughout Christchurch was lifted at 5.50pm.

When asked if it was true that a person had been arrested wearing wired explosives, Bush said that person had been made safe.

One of the gunmen broadcast live as he shot victims. One of the gunmen is believed to be an Australian who has written a manifesto declaring his intentions. In it, he says “it is a terrorist attack.”

PM Ardern described the event as “extreme and unprecedented violence”.


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