Over 40 people has been reportedly murdered in cold blood after a gunman opened fire in mosques in Christchurch city of New-Zealand.
The gunman, who was dressed in tactical gear, appeared to livestream video of the shooting on social media, according to New Zealand police, documenting his trip from his vehicle and into the worship center in central Christchurch, where he opened fire indiscriminately.
Four people, three men and one woman, were taken into custody in the hours following the attack, but police have not released their identities. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed one of them was an Australian citizen.
Ardern said the four people were not on any active terrorist watch lists and it was “not a matter of someone slipping under the radar.”
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said there were “significant” fatalities reported, but he declined to offer a specific figure.
The shooter also opened fire in the surrounding area outside of the mosques. Police said they recovered two improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles in the area, but they were rendered safe.
“A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter. Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high,”
“Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and indoors until further notice.” New Zealand Police tweeted.