New Zealand mosque shooting claims lives of 40, PM Jacinda Ardern calls it 'darkest day'

Last Updated: Mar 15 2019 14:19

CHRISTCHURCH- On Friday, at least 40 people lost their lives and more than 20 people were seriously wounded in shootings at 2 mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch.

Among the deceased, 10 people were killed at the Linwood Islamic Centre and 30 others at the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch.

The Bangladesh cricket team was present at the Hagley Park mosque when the incident occurred.

Cricketer Tamim Iqbal Khan took to Twitter and said, "Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack"

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the shooting and declared it as the darkest day. "This is one of New Zealand's darkest days. It was an unprecedented act of violence," she said.

Police have taken four suspects in custody. "Four people in custody; one woman, three men. We are still looking at the circumstances around it. Let’s not presume that the danger is gone," Mike Bush, New Zealand Police, said.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, "Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch. Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match."