New Zealand mosque shootings: Death toll climbs to 50
YEREVAN, MARCH 16, ARMENPRESS. Death toll in the attacks on the two mosques in New Zealand has risen to 50.
50 others have been hospitalized with various degree injuries, RIA Novosti reported.
Earlier it was reported that 49 people have killed in the shootings in mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shootings as a terrorist attack.
Armed people entered the Al Noor and Linwood Masjid mosques in Christchurch at about 13:45 local time shortly after the day prayer, blocked the entrance doors and opened fire. According to eyewitnesses, about 200 and 300 people were inside the building when the attack occurred. Police told citizens to stay indoors. All schools in the city were closed.
Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday following the mass shootings.
Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan