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Mass shooting at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday. A single gunman opened fire on the worshipers. It is reported that forty people are dead, and 20 are seriously wounded.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, ” This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days”. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence”.

According to the witnesses, a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque. As per reuters, the Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers when the shooting occurred but all members were safe.

The attacker had posted 87-page “anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim” manifesto. It is reported that three men and one woman had been arrested by the police in connection with the attack.

The police had warned the residents and the people to stay at the current places and not to get down into the streets due to security reasons.

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New Zealand’s injured captain Kane Williamson may not be playing the third Test against Bangladesh, due to his injuries. The test is scheduled to begin on Saturday in Christchurch. Reports said that Kane Williamson is expected to delay his departure for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Williamson suffered a shoulder injury during Bangladesh’s first innings of the second Test in Wellington. New Zealand had won the match on Tuesday by an innings and 12 runs.

The head coach of the New Zealand cricket team Gary Stead had said in a statement that Williamson’s scan reports had detected a tear to his left pectoral minor muscle in his shoulder. “There’s obviously irritation and a wee bit of bleeding, it’s not a major injury,” said Gary Stead. “We’re hopeful that he will recover quickly, and the thing for us is to make sure he doesn’t aggravate it any more. He will come to Christchurch and we will make an assessment there on whether he plays.” he added.

Williamson had scored 74 although he had suffered considerable discomfort in batting.

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Canterbury District’s front-line police on the southern island will be armed until any further notice, as per Reuters reports. Reports says that this action is after three shooting incidents that leads to a debate on whether all police should carry fire arms.

In New Zealand, the police do not carry guns on their general duty. But, hand guns, rifles and tasers will be kept in their vehicles. These weapons should only be used with a supervisor’s permission.

A shootout between one Christchurch resident and police on Tuesday leads to the decision to arm police in the Canterbury district. The man was shot by police and is in hospital in a stable condition, but another suspect in the shooting is still at large and may be armed, said police. The Canterbury District Commander John Price said all police will carry firearms until the man is caught or surrenders.

“Our officers, who are dedicated to keeping our communities safe, are currently operating in an environment of heightened risk and they deserve to be kept safe,” Price told a news conference.

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