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49 killed as gunmen open fire in two mosques in New Zealand

A gunman opened fire at two mosques killing 49 people in the Christchurch city of in New Zealand. The mosques were packed with worshippers gathered for Friday prayers. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the toll and termed the shooting as one of the country’s darkest days. Condemning the attack, she said that there is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence.

New Zealand police say they have detained four people in connection with the deadly shootings and have neutralised a number of improvised explosive devices found. The city has been placed in lockdown as police is hunting for an active shooter. It is unclear how many attackers are involved.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh cricket team’s tour of New Zealand has been called off in the wake of the attack. The players were reportedly approaching the Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park in the bust, when the shooting broke out. The team is currently in their team hotel. Bangladesh were scheduled to play New Zealand in the third and final Test of the series, beginning from Saturday.

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