By Radio New Zealand
Several people have been killed at shootings at mosques in Christchurch and dozens are injured.
Dozens of people have been shot and injured and police say there has been “multiple fatalities” after shooters opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch – Masjid Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park, and at the Linwood Masjid Mosque in the suburb of Linwood.
About 300 people were inside the mosque for afternoon prayers.
Police said four people – three men and a woman – are in custody, but are unsure if there are more offenders.
What’s in lockdown?
All schools in Christchurch have been put into lockdown, as well as Christchurch Hospital.
Police said all mosques nationally to shut their doors, that people should not visit them until further notice.
The hospital has alerted the public that it is in lockdown, with no staff or patients able to enter or leave the buildings.
The district health board will not comment further on the reasons for the lockdown.
But they said the public should not go to the hospital unless an emergency.
What roads are closed?
Deans Ave has been closed between Moorhouse Avenue and Riccarton Rd. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
What are witnesses saying?
Witness Azam Ali said people were shot and covered in blood after a man open fired at a mosque 10 minutes into their prayers.
What are the authorities saying?
Police are urging people in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to address the media at 4pm in New Plymouth.
This article is republished under Kaniva’s content partnership with Radio New Zealand.