New Zealand police respond to reports of mosque shooting in Christchurch

New Zealand police respond to reports of mosque shooting in Christchurch

The Bangladesh cricket team are wanting to leave New Zealand "as soon as possible", after narrowly avoiding a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch this afternoon.

A second shooting has been confirmed at Linwood Masjid in Linwood, Christchurch.

A eyewitness said it was a scary situation with people running down Deans Avenue, with armed police all around.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Arden said it was "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Breaking: Several people have been injured in a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, with reports that at least six people have been killed.

Ibrahim said people began running out of the mosque and he "had to jump out of the wall" to escape.

"The multiple fatalities are, as far as we know, at two locations", he said.

Christchurch hospital and all of the city's schools have been placed on lockdown.

Just escaped active shooters!

People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch.

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Gunfire was heard coming from the direction of the mosque and several people were seen on the ground outside the building, One News reported.

The local police have also cleared Cathedral Square, where thousands of children were rallying for action on climate change.

According to reports, gunshots have been heard near the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, as police warn of a "critical incident".

"Police believe there may be other offenders", the New Zealand Police tweeted.

"Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque", tweeted another player, Mushfiqur Rahim.

She returned home following the incident and told SBS News she saw bloodied victims in ambulances.

She said police were working to get the situation under control.

The NZ Herald reported that shots were fired at a mosque close to Hagley Park in the city's central area.

"I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly", he said.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh's highest run scorer, said he and his teammates were able to flee to safety following reports that 20 shots were fired.

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