New Zealand police detain four after mosque shootings

Reuters | Published: March 15, 2019 11:53:32 | Updated: March 16, 2019 14:52:56


AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) push back members of the public following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019 — Reuters photo

New Zealand police detained four people on Friday after mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

“Four are in custody. Three are men and one is a woman,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters in Wellington.

“There were a few reports of IEDs strapped to vehicles which we were able to secure,” he said, referring to improvised explosive devices.

He said it was not possible to assume that the attack was isolated to Christchurch, saying: “At this point in time we should never make assumptions.”

New Zealand media have reported that between nine and 27 people have been killed.

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