(New Zealand shootings) Gunmen kill up to 27 people

Friday, March 15, 2019

Gunmen have opened fire at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, with reports of between nine and 27 people killed. One man is in custody.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it "one of New Zealand's darkest days,'' the New Zealand Herald reports.

A body has been seen lying near Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and a second gunman has been seen near Linwood Masjid mosque.

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."

Ardern described the event as "extreme and unprecedented violence.''