Christchurch shooting: Death toll increases to 49

2019-03-15 at 16:11

The death toll in the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand has increased to Forty-nine people with at least 20 wounded.

New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush confirmed that “multiple fatalities” were recorded at two locations.

It was not immediately clear how many gunmen there were.

Multiple casualties were brought to Christchurch Hospital where there was a heavy police presence.

Bush said the vast majority, 41 people, were killed in the attack on the Deans Avenue mosque shooting.

According to the police, one man has already been charged with murder in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

New Zealand commissioner Mike Bush said the attack was “very well-planned,” adding mosques across the country would remain under police protection for the moment.

Asked why the attackers weren’t on New Zealand watchlists, Bush said the four people in custody weren’t on any Australian security watch lists either.