A gunman opened fire on Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing at least 40 people.
The shooter has been identified as Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian born man.
The shooter had allegedly posted a 17-minute live footage of the shooting and it showed him entering a mosque and shooting worshippers, media reported.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the attack, calling it “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence”. “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” she added.
The New Zealand police said four people, including three men and a woman, had been taken into custody in connection with the incident. However, the police was not sure whether the gunman was among them or other people were involved. Multiple explosive devices have been found attached to cars in the city.
The Bangladesh cricket team, which is currently in Christchurch, was arriving for Friday prayers when the incident took place, but it was reported that the cricket team was safe.
Schools and public buildings in the city have been closed.