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15 Mar 2019 | 03:12 AM UTC

New Zealand: Suspect arrested in Christchurch March 15 /update 2

New Zealand News Alert

Police arrest one suspect in connection to ongoing active shooter situation in Christchurch on March 15; second shooting reported at mosque in Linwood area

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/15/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Auckland). COUNTRY/REGION Christchurch

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Police officials announced at 16:00 (local time) that one person has been arrested in connection to the ongoing active shooter situation at the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch on Friday, March 15. A second shooting incident was also reported at a mosque in the Linwood area of the city. It is unclear if there is more than one shooter involved in the incidents. Multiple fatalities have been confirmed but an official casualty report has not been released. Police are still asking for residents in Christchurch to remain indoors and to avoid going to mosques in the city for the rest of the day. Schools throughout Christchurch remain on lockdown. People are being asked to report any suspicious behavior by dialing 111. Details are still emerging.


Individuals in Christchurch are advised to remain vigilant, avoid the area of the incidents, obey all instructions issued by the local authorities, and report any suspicious objects or behavior.


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