Christchurch mosque shooting: 40 confirmed dead

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush. Picture: RNZ

AT least 40 people have been killed in two Christchurch mosque shootings earlier today.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that as at 7pm, 40 people have lost their lives in the shooting at the Masjid Al Noor on Deans Ave and the Linwood Masjid on Linwood Ave.

“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” she said in a press conference this afternoon.

Canterbury District Health Board chief executive David Meates said 48 people with gunshot wounds were also being treated at Christchurch Hospital.

According to media reports, the patients ranged from young children to adults and their injuries ranged from minor to critical.

New Zealand Commissioner of Police Mike Bush said that two improvised explosive devices were also found attached to vehicles and were diffused by Defence Force staff.

Commissioner Bush will speak to the media at 9pm tonight to provide an update on the serious firearms incident in Christchurch.

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