(New Zealand shootings) Deaths rise to 40, PM Ardern says country will not be shaken

World | 15 Mar 2019 2:36 pm

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says 40 people have died in the Christchurch shootings.

Ten were killed at Linwood and 30 at the Deans Ave mosque near Hagley Park. A further 27 people were injured, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Ardern said it was an "unprecedented" situation and described it as a terrorist attack.

Those in custody had not been on any watch list: "It's not a matter of someone having slipped under the radar." She said it was obvious the attacks had been planned for some time.

The National Security Threat Level had been lifted from low to high.

The Defence Force was transporting more police to Christchurch.

Ardern said New Zealand was a place of safety where they raise their families.

"Those values will not and cannot be shaken," she said.-Photo: Setford News Photo Agency/NZH

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