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NZ police order lockdown amid mosque shooting reports

AFP  |  Christchurch (New Zealand) 

swarmed central Friday amid a shooting at a mosque in the city.

"A serious and evolving situation is occurring in with an active shooter," police said in a statement.

"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high."

said there were multiple casualties at one mosque and said another had been evacuated, and there were reports that members of the cricket team were also present at one site.

Police said all schools in the city had been placed in lockdown in response to "a serious ongoing firearms incident".

"Police urge anyone in central to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behaviour," he said in a statement.

An eyewitness told he heard shots fired and four people were lying on the ground, with "blood everywhere".

There was no official information on casualties but said at least one person was killed.

ESPN said members of the cricket team, who are due to play a Test match in Christchurch tomorrow escaped from the mosque.

"They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval," he tweeted.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 07:55 IST