Shootings reported at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

What New Zealand the U.S. Norway and Canada Have in Common After the Christchurch Attack

The Muslim worshippers had congregated for Friday prayers, Islam's holy day of the week.

Nearly 50 people were treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds, including young children.

The guns taken from the alleged perpetrator included two semiautomatic guns and two shotguns, the prime minister said.

One man has been charged with murder, and two men and a woman have been arrested. In Scotland, the shooting of 16 students and a teacher in March 1996 prompted the banning of private ownership of handguns in the United Kingdom, and after the Port Arthur massacre where 35 people were killed in a series of shootings, Austrailia enacted widespread tightening of gun laws.

Armed police have been deployed after reports of shots being fired at a mosque in Christchurch.

Whether there are more suspects - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the government has no reason to believe there are more suspects, but was not assuming that was the case and intelligence services and police were working on establishing this.


"I can tell you one thing right now: our gun laws will change", said Ardern.

"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high", he said in a release on Friday.

One global survey conducted in 2018 placed New Zealand as the world's safest country.

On Twitter, Ranstorp noted that the New Zealand shooter claimed he would leave prison after 27 years and likened himself to late South African President Nelson Mandela, saying he would get the Nobel Peace Prize. Health officials said 48 other people were being treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds.

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