Top photo: An image grab from TV New Zealand taken on March 15, 2019 shows an armed police officer at a hospital following the mosque shooting in Christchurch. – At least one gunman who targeted crowded mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch killed a number of people, police said, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing the shooting as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”. (Photo by Laurent FIEVET / TV New Zealand / AFP) / New Zealand OUT / XGTY
By Hashini Kavishtri Kannan
PUTRAJAYA: No Malaysians are reported to be among the fatalities in the mass shootings which took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand as of 3pm (Malaysian time) today.
In a statement earlier, Foreign Ministry said however two are injured in the incident and being treated at the hospital.
“Malaysia condemns in the strongest term, this senseless act of terror on innocent civilians and hopes that those responsible for this barbaric crime be brought to justice.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of today’s shooting incident.
High Commission of Malaysia in Wellington is in contact with Malaysians in Christchurch and is monitoring the situation closely,” the ministry said.
It said hotline has been set up at the High Commission to facilitate any enquiries on the current situation.
The High Commission can be contacted at No 10 Washington Avenue, Brookly, P.O. Box 9422, Wellington 6021, New Zealand, via telephone 00-64210440188/00-64-4385 2439/00-64-4801 5659 or via email at [email protected] or [email protected]
At 1.40pm local time, shooting incidents were reported at Al-Noor Mosque near Hagley Park and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, which claimed the life of 40 people and more than 20 were injured.
The government of New Zealand has announced a lockdown of the city.