By Bassel Barakat
At least 49 people have been killed and at least 20 injured in a white supremacist attack at two mosques at 7 p.m. yesterday in New Zealand city of Christchurch which is considering to be the worst attack in the country’s history.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference that the attack appeared to be a well-planned “terrorist attack”.
“This is, and will be, one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” an ashen-faced Ardern said.
According to the prime minister, two explosive bombs were found in the suspect’s vehicles and were disarmed.
Sam Clarke, a reporter with TVNZ, spoke with many people inside Masjid Al Noor mosque. He says that a man entered the mosque with an automatic weapon and began shooting.
“A gunman – dressed in black with a helmet carrying a machine gun – came into the back of the mosque and started firing into the people praying there,” said Clarke.
Meanwhile, Adrern advised the residents to stay indoors and inform the police if they notice any suspicious.