There are multiple reports of a shooting at the Dean’s Avenue mosque, near Hagley Park in Christchurch. It’s said that there are bodies at the front entrance.
The Bangladesh Cricket team appear to have been at the mosque, which is near the Hagley Oval, though there is no suggestion any of them have been hurt.
Armed Police are raiding a house in Linwood village, around 4kms to the east of the mosque, though it’s not known if the two incidents are linked.
Several local schools are in lockdown and school children attending the the climate change strike rally in Cathedral Square have been asked to evacuate the area.
No word on the whereabouts of the shooter.
UPDATE: It gets worse; a body has been seen lying near Al Noor Mosque (Deans Ave) in central Christchurch and a second gunman has been seen near a mosque in Linwood.
A Christchurch Star reporter saw a dead body lying close by at Palazzo Lane near the mosque.
The body has been covered with clothing.
UPDATE: Buildings all over Christchurch are in lockdown, including all council facilities such as the library and art gallery, and all schools.
UPDATE: A Christchurch man (who we aren’t naming at this point) has posted a series of manifestos, saying he carried out the attack for the following reasons:
Why did you carry out the attack?
To most of all show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands, our homelands are our own and that, as long as a white man still lives, they will NEVER conquer our lands and they will never replace our people.
To take revenge on the invaders for the hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by foreign invaders in European lands throughout history.
To take revenge for the enslavement of millions of Europeans taken from their lands by the Islamic slavers.
To take revenge for the thousands of European lives lost to terror attacks throughout European lands.
UPDATE: And, as is the modern way, the coward live streamed the shooting.
UPDATE: The shooter has been caught near Papanui High School. Christchurch remains on lockdown until it is clear he acted alone. Police confirm multiple fatalities at the Deans Ave mosque.
Last UPDATE for the night: 49 dead, 48 injured, 4 fascists in custody. Today has been horrible and tomorrow is going to be a very hard day. Kia kaha, aroha and lets stick together. A people united will never be defeated.
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