Armed police have been deployed in the city centre, and all schools in the area have been placed on lockdown.
“A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
“Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high.”
The Bangladesh cricket team was heading to Friday prayers at the mosque, the Masjid Al Noor, when the shooting started, but all members are safe, a team coach told local media.
It is unclear how many people may have been injured, but one witness told the AP news agency that he heard dozens of gunshots.
Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque – followed by people running from the building in terror.
He also claimed that he saw the gunman flee before emergency services arrived.
Police did not comment on whether the incident took place inside the mosque or nearby.
“Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings. There is never a justification for that sort of hatred,” said Amy Adams, a member of parliament from Christchurch.
The Bangladesh cricket team’s strength and conditioning coach, Mario Villavarayen, told the New Zealand Herald that the team was close to where the shooting occurred.
“The players are shaken up but fine, he was quoted as saying.
The team is currently in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday.
Mass shootings are a rare occurrence in New Zealand, with the last being in 1990 in the small seaside town of Aramoana where 13 people were killed as well as gunman David Gray.
IGP orders speedy investigation into death of NSCDC officer, warns against cover-up
Adamu also enjoined the NSCDC and family of the deceased to nominate any medical doctor of their choice to witness the autopsy at the appropriate time and venue, assuring that everything humanly possible will be done to ensure that justice prevails in the case.
The FPRO, Frank Mba, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
Mba added, “While condoling with the family, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, friends and professional colleagues of the deceased, the IGP reassures them that everything humanly possible will be done to ensure that justice prevails in the case.
“He equally enjoins that the NSCDC along with the family of the deceased, may, for the purpose of transparency, nominate any medical doctor of their choice to witness the autopsy, at the appropriate time and venue.
“Needless to state that an autopsy, which is a comprehensive forensic examination on the body of a dead person, will help the investigators to have a definitive understanding of the real cause of death of the deceased.
“The IGP, therefore, calls for calm from the family and friends of the deceased and the entire public, reiterating that the case will not be swept under the carpet.”
Arewa.ng recalls that Jombo was allegedly beaten to death on Wednesday in the presence of his wife and children when he was stopped by some policemen over alleged violation of traffic law.
JUST IN: Police Send Reinforcement To Kano After Electoral Violence
The Police Command in Kano State have sent a reinforcement of security personnel to Gama Ward of Nasarawa Local Government to beef up security at polling units located in the ward.
Abdullahi Haruna, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of the Command, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Kano.
Gama has been in the spotlighted for the incidents of violence, voter intimidation and ballot box burning and snatching that tainted Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Kano, even leading to calls for the cancellation of the exercise.
Abdullahi said the deployment of additional security personnel to the areas followed the visit of Anthony Michael, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), to the area.
He explained that following the report on the security challenges at the area, the DIG visited the ward to assess the security situation in the area.
The PPRO said the deployment of additional security personnel was necessary as part of efforts to enhance security as well as ensure the protection of lives and property in the affected areas.
He also denied reports of the alleged arrest of Commissioner for Special Duties, Muktar Ishaq.
Ganduje vs Abba Yusuf: APC replies PDP’s call for cancellation of election
Chairman of the APC in Kano, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, said there were no grounds for the cancellation of the rerun election currently going on in some parts of the State.
DAILY POST reported earlier that the PDP had called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to totally cancel the election, citing invasion of the state by thugs.
However, the APC denied all the allegations raised by the PDP.
According to Abbas, “The call by the PDP for cancellation of election was uncalled-for because the election is still ongoing.
“INEC should ensure conclusion of the election.
“PDP should wait for the final result of the poll and then take legal action if not satisfied with it. That is what the law provided.
“I think PDP failed to mobilise its people that’s all.”
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