Christchurch Attackers Arrested
The Christchurch attackers have been apprehended by local police. Four people, three men and one woman, are reportedly in custody.
In response to multiple fatalities after active shooters opened fire in two mosques, Central Christchurch remains in lockdown, including schools. Christchurch residents were warned not to leave their homes, and for parents not to try to retrieve their children from school.
A number of IEDs were reportedly found attached to cars.
“Police did not confirm how many people were killed in the attacks. We are still waiting for official confirmation of the death toll, though Jacinda Ardern said that there were a number and today would go down as one of New Zealand’s ‘darkest days,’” reports The Guardian.
Speaking to ABC moments before the attackers were arrested, mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel said, “This has been a shock, a shock to a city that has been through so much already. I’m shocked beyond words. I cannot think of the right words to say.
The police are doing absolutely everything they can… and they are seeking to get the matter under control and as soon as they are in a position to get the situation under control, we will end the lockdown of our facilities.
This has come as a bolt from the blue… It just feels like it’s not what would happen in a place like New Zealand.”
Suspects in Custody
GettyPolice Commissioner Mike Bush speaks to media during a press conference on March 15, 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand.
New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush stated after the arrests, “Let’s not assume the danger is gone” and said he couldn’t discuss whether the four people who were arrested were known to police. “That detail will unfold in the next few days.”
This story is breaking and will be updated.
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