‘Everybody just run…to save themselves’, says an eyewitness who recounts a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Police said four people — three men and a woman — had been taken into custody, and that they had found and neutralised a number of IEDs (improved explosive devices)
An attack on two crowded mosques during Friday prayers left multiple people dead, police said, on what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.
Witnesses spoke of seeing bloodied bodies, with children also believed to be among the dead, and police warned of “extremely distressing footage” of the incident circulating on the internet.
“I heard three quick shots then after about 10 seconds it started again. It must have been an automatic — no one could pull a trigger that quick,” the man, who did not wish to be named, told AFP.