NZ cops detain 4 after mosque shootings
WELLINGTON: New Zealand police detained four people on Friday after mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.
“Four are in custody. Three are men and one is a woman,” New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush told reporters in Wellington.
“There were a few reports of IEDs strapped to vehicles which we were able to secure,” he added, referring to improvised explosive devices.
He said it was not possible to assume that the attack was isolated to Christchurch, saying: “At this point in time we should never make assumptions.”
New Zealand media reports that between nine and 27 people have been killed.
Police meanwhile warned against sharing “extremely distressing footage” of the shootings.
“Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online,” New Zealand police said in a Twitter post.
“We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed.”